Dzhokhar Tsarnaev death penalty

A jury on Friday sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for helping to carry out the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264 at the world-renowned race, taking 15 hours to reach a decision.

The federal jury chose death by lethal injection for Tsarnaev, 21, over its only other option: life in prison without possibility of release.

The same panel last month found the ethnic Chechen guilty of placing a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race’s crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, as well as fatally shooting a policeman. The bombing was one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

Tsarnaev, dressed in a dark sport coat and light-colored shirt stood quietly in court as the sentence was read, remaining expressionless as he had throughout most of the trial.

The Wall Street Journal adds:

The jury deliberated more than 14 hours before reaching its decision.

Standing at the defense counsel’s table between his lawyers, Mr. Tsarnaev clasped his hands and looked down as the clerk read the long verdict form and showed no visible emotion as the decision for death was read.