Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is to be executed for the terrorist bombing attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon that claimed four young lives and the legs of 17 people, a vengeance-delivering jury ruled today.
The verdict against Tsarnaev, who’ll turn 22 in July, was announced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr.’s courtroom clerk Paul Lyness.
Tsarnaev will be formerly sentenced by O’Toole when survivors and loved ones of the victims will have the opportunity to present impact statements.
Tsarnaev will also be afforded the chance to speak. He chose not to take the stand in his own defense during the trial – a factor jurors were not allowed to consider or even discuss amongst themselves, per O’Toole’s orders.
Tsarnaev is expected to remain incarcerated locally until after he’s formerly sentenced, when he will be delivered to the USP Terre Haute prison in Indiana, where he will be the youngest person on federal death row.
Relatives of Boston Marathon Bomber Break Their Silence
Members of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s family tell TIME they tried in vain to dismiss his defense lawyers
Throughout the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old who was convicted last week of bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013, his family resisted the urge to speak out publicly in his defense. Tsarnaev’s defense team had advised them not to grant interviews, they say, as it could risk his chances at trial. But when the jury issued its guilty verdict on April 8, convicting him on 17 counts that could each carry the death penalty, some of his relatives decided to go public with their outrage.