Former U.S. Attorney ‘surprised’ by sentence

Credit: Jane Rosenberg

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the first person in a post 9/11 terror case to be sentenced to death.

“I was a little surprised, and I think a lot of people were,” Eyewitness News legal analyst Robert Corrente said. Many had thought Tsarnaev’s age would have worked in his favor. He was just 19-years-old when he and older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev carried out the attacks on the Boston Marathon finish line.

“The jury looked past that,” Corrente, a former U.S. Attorney explained. “They obviously didn’t buy the argument that he was in the thrall of his brother, and didn’t buy much of anything from the defense.”

As of March, there were 61 federal inmates on death row. Tsarnaev makes 62. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, so Tsarnaev will be housed at a prison in a state where the punishment is legal.

“In this case, he will be on death row at the federal correctional facility in Terre Haute, Indiana,” Corrente told Eyewitness News.

It is unknown how long Tsarnaev’s appeal process may delay the execution.

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