In 2013, two bombs were planted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The ensuing explosions killed 3 people and severely injured 260, of which, 17 lost limbs. The youngest victim was 8 years old. This attack is known as one of the worst on American soil since the Oklahoma City bombing, and 9/11.
A manhunt ensued quickly after the attack and the perpetrators were soon identified. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, brothers originally from Russia. The FBI and other agencies traked the brothers to Watertown, Maryland where they hijacked an SUV and injured more people in their attempt to get away. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot by police and subsequently run over by his brother as he got away in the SUV. Tamerlan died later at an area hospital. Dshokhar was eventually found hold up in a boat in the Watertown area. He was also shot by police and taken to an area hospital. He stated that he and his brother were self-radicalized islamist extremists. He also stated that he and his brother had planned to bomb Times Square in New York next.
On April 22, 2013, Dzhokhar was charged with 30 counts of domestic terrorism, which included a charge for the use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial begain in 2015. During the trial, witnesses explained in detail the actions of the day. The trial took over 2 months and the jury deliberated for 14 hours before they reached a verdict.
In May, 2015, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by the jury. Massachusetts is not a state known for imposing the death penalty and many opponents of the death penalty have condemned the action. However, Dxhokhar will be remanded to the federal prison system’s death row in Terre Haute, Indiana to await execution. During that time, he has the right to appeal and his appeals could go on for years. At 21, he will be the youngest inmate on death row in the federal system.