(RNN) – A jury has sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death. He was convicted in April of placing two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and the explosions killed three people and injured more than 260.
During the criminal trial last month, the jury found him guilty on all 30 charges he faced, 17 of which are punishable by death. Jurors agreed to the death sentence on six of those 17 counts.
Tsarnaev’s lawyers are expected to appeal the decision, during which time he will be housed at a federal prison. If the sentence is upheld, he will die by lethal injection at the U.S. penitentiary in Terre Haute, IN. He would be the first federal prisoner executed since Louis Jones Jr. in 2003.
Jurors deliberated the sentence for about 14 hours over the course of three days.
Prosecutors during the trial portrayed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an equal partner with his brother, Tamerlan. The defense admitted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was guilty, but argued that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was the mastermind and had incredible influence over his younger brother.
Miriam Conrad, the federal defender assigned to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s case, previously defended Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, and Rezwan Ferdaus, who was plotting to bomb the Pentagon in 2011. Often, she works to get her clients life in prison instead of the death penalty.
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