Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death Friday for the 2013 Boston marathon bombings, would be only be the fourth person in nearly 30 years to die for a federal crime.
A Boston jury sentenced Tsarnaev to death on six out of a possible 17 counts, despite opposition to the sentence from the family of one of the marathon bombing’s victims.
The Obama administration has generally been hesitant to seek the death penalty. But then-Attorney General Eric Holder said the severity of the Boston marathon bombing warranted the death penalty, and his successor, Loretta Lynch, echoed that sentiment Friday.
“The ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime and we hope that the completion of this prosecution will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families,” Lynch said in a statement.