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Boston bomber sentenced, given the death penalty

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A federal jury sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday, according to CNN News.

The jury found Tsarnaev worthy of the death penalty on 6 different charges, while only one would have been enough for the death penalty, according to NPR news.

The death sentence ruling came after he was ruled guilty for 30 different charges from his involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013, according to CNN News.

Not all survivors of the bombing supported the death penalty. Bill and Denise Richards, the parents of 8-year old Martin Richards who died in the bombing attack, told the Boston Globe they would rather see the bomber live.

“We are in favor of and would support the Department of Justice in taking the death penalty off the table in exchange for the defendant spending the rest of his life in prison without any possibility of release and waiving all of his rights to appeal,” according to the Richards’ piece in the Boston Globe.

Defense Attorneys argued that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev acted under the heavy influence his older brother, who was killed in a stand off with police after the bombings, according to CNN News.

Three people were killed in the bombings of April 15, 2013 including 8 year old Richard. The attacks also injured at least 240 people, 17 of which lost limbs, according to CNN News.

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