Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes To Victims For Taking Lives
The surviving Boston bomber apologized and expressed remorse for his attack for the first time.
According to TIME, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev addressed his victims for about five minutes in court earlier today after being chastised by 24 of their friends and relatives for roughly three hours.
A federal jury voted to sentence the 21-year-old to death last May, just over two years after Dzhokhar and his slain older brother, Tamerlan, planted bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 260.
Patricia Campbell, who lost her 29-year-old daughter, Krystle, in the attack, told Tsarnaev,
Of the terrorist, Karen Rand McWatters, Krystle's best friend, said,
Tsarnaev then stood and faced the judge to issue his first public statement in over two years.
Tsarnaev told victims he would pray for their "relief" and "healing," the Boston Globe reports, and begged forgiveness from the God of the Muslim faith. He continued,
US District Judge George O'Toole Jr told the bomber, who was found hiding in a boat in a residential backyard days after the attack, his name is now synonymous with villainy.
The judge said,
Judge O'Toole then formally sentenced Tsarnaev to death by way of lethal injection.
It will most likely be several years before he is executed, however, due to a lengthy appeals process.