Two years after the catastrophic bombing at the Boston Marathon, the accused individual is finally going to receive his punishment. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old college student, is now eligible for the death penalty. However, his lawyers are going to try to get him life in prison.
Tsarnaev, along with his brother, were deemed to have been responsible for setting off a pair of pressure-cooker explosives near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. This incident caused three deaths and over 260 injuries. An MIT officer was also killed in the damage.
The three people who were killed in the bombings were Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard and Lu Lingzi. The MIT officer was identified as Sean Collier. Shortly after that, Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with police officers.
On Wednesday, the 12 jurors reached a final verdict. Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts of the bombing. During the weeks leading up to the jury’s decision, 90 witnesses testified against him. The testimonies were followed by 11 hours of deliberations.
With the guilty verdict finally announced, phase one of the trial is complete. Now, the jury must decide whether Tsarnaev will receive life in prison or the death penalty. The scheduled date for this decision has not yet been announced.
The bombings at the Boston Marathon were, without a doubt, one of the most devastating things to happen in this country. It took a while for the entire city to get back on its feet because of the destruction that these two individuals caused.
I believe that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty for three reasons:
- This was a scheme that was created to hurt innocent individuals. Tsarnaev and his brother both knew what they were doing before they put their plan into action.
- He contributed to taking away three people’s lives by committing acts of terrorism. Those people did nothing to deserve to die the way that they did.
- Since he didn’t care about the consequences of his plan, nobody should care about him losing his life. If people cared about the lives of monsters like himself, they would not have installed the death penalty in the first place.