Nearly two years to the day after the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured hundreds, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty of perpetrating the event.
According to Mic.com, the jury took 11 hours to contemplate the 30 charges against the 21-year-old, which spanned conspiracy, carjacking, and using weapons of mass destruction.
He has been found guilty of all charges.
Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, set off homemade “pressure cooker” explosives near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. They then fled, pursued by police across the city for hours, causing neighborhood lockdowns.
Tamerlan was killed during a shootout with police, but Dzhokar managed to remain hidden inside a boat in someone’s backyard for days before authorities finally found him.
He admitted during his interrogation later on that he and Tamerlan were “motivated by Islamic extremists online,” but neither of them identified with a particular organization.
Tsarnaev pled not guilty during his trial. Both his attorney, Judy Clarke, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty agreed that Tsarnaev had participated in the bombings; the real conflict was whether not he should be given the death sentence.
Clarke has argued that Tsarnaev played “second fiddle” to his older brother, who was the real perpetrator.
The jury’s next decision will be whether or not Tsarnaev will serve a lifelong prison sentence or be executed through the death penalty. Deliberations begin on Monday (April 13).
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts hasn’t executed anyone for nearly 70 years, and that mode of punishment was outlawed in 1984.