Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for the April 15, 2013 bombing attack that claimed three lives and injured at least 240 people, 17 of them dismembered, CNN reports.
Sources inside the courtroom say that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev showed no emotion as the verdict was read, while survivors and families of the victims cried and dabbed their eyes.
While many are calling the death sentence a victory, Bill and Denise Richards, the parents of an eight year old child who was the youngest victim of the bombing, were not in favor of the death penalty.
"We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty," the parents wrote in a column for the Boston Globe, "But the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives." Mr. and Mrs. Richards continue, "We hope our two remaining children do not have to grow up with the lingering, painful reminder of what the defendant took from them, which years of appeals would undoubtedly bring."
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The trial lasted ten weeks, and saw over 150 witnesses who recounted the pain, panic, and loss that came in the aftermath of the attack. The trial concluded with a guilty verdict, reached unanimously by the 12 person jury in mid-April.
Despite the heinous nature of the attack, the decision to sentence Tsarnaev to death was not one that the jury took lightly. The federal jury deliberated for over 14 hours over three days before deciding that the bomber would be given the death penalty instead of a life sentence.