Boston Bombings Suspect Could Face Death Penalty
One of the Boston bombings suspect was charged from his hospital bed after admitting that he had a hand in the tragic attacks that left three dead and over 200 people injured.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev–who is reportedly suffering gunshot wounds to the head, neck, legs and hand–is currently at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical, where nearly a dozen victims of the Boston bombings are being treated.
The 19-year-old learned on Monday that he would be facing charges for use of a weapon of mass destruction that may result in the death penalty, according to The New York Times. He is also being charged with one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.
“We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice, under U.S. law,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions.”
A transcript of Monday’s bedside hearing describes that after checking to make sure Tsarnaev was fully alert, Judge Marianne B. Bowler conducted the questioning alongside two U.S. attorneys and three federal offenders.
ABC News reports that the college student told officials “the whole attack was devised from the Internet without any foreign help.” They also say it was likely his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a getaway attempts, devised the plot and did most of the work, motivated by radical religious views and hatred for Americans and Christianity.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the charges bring relief to those affected by the bombings.
“Although our investigation is ongoing, today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston, and for our country,” he said in a release Monday (Apr. 22). “Our thoughts and prayers remain with each of the bombing victims and brave law enforcement professionals who lost their lives or suffered serious injuries as a result of this week’s senseless violence.”