Boston bomber sentenced to death, apologises to victims

Boston bomber sentenced to death, apologises to victims

A US judge has formally sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev to death.

The jury in his murder trial had already imposed the death penalty, but a sentencing hearing has been held overnight to allow the judge to make a final decision.

Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamalin planted a home-made bomb at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, killing 3 people and leaving another 17 amputees.

Dzokhar Tsarnaev also shot dead a police officer in the days after the bombing.

US District Court judge George O’Toole has told Tsarnaev he will always be remebered for the evil he has done, before sentencing him to death by legal injection.

“What will be remembered is that you murdered and maimed innocent people and that you did it wilfully and intentionally,” he said.

Tsarnaev addressed the court for the first time, apologising to the victims and their families.

But some of the survivors of the bombing have spoken out, saying they do not believed his apology.

Bombing survivor Scott Weisburg, who suffered hearing loss in the attack, said he found Tsarnaev’s disingenuous.

“He said that he was remorseful, I find that hard to believe since I’ve come to a lot of the trial and never really saw that at all from him.

“It really does not change anything for me because, what he took from me, I’m never going to be able to regain.”

The legal process that proceeds Tsarnaev’s execution is expected to drag on for years, if not decades.

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