BOSTON (TIP): To the surprise of his victims, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, June 24, made his first public statement during his months-long trial – an apology for the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon finish line two years ago.
“I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for damage that I’ve done. Irreparable damage,” Tsarnaev said to a silent courtroom.
Dressed in a suit, Tsarnaev stood hunched over as he spoke, and looked straight ahead -never glancing back at his victims in the gallery.
Tsarnaev told the court that he’d been listening throughout his trial, even as he kept up an inscrutable demeanor.
“I learned their names, their faces, their age,” Tsarnaev said. “And throughout this trial more of those victims were given names, more of those victims had faces, and they had burdened souls.”
At the end of the hearing, US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. sentenced Tsarnaev to death on six of the 30 charges he was convicted of, and gave him consecutive life sentences for some of his other crimes. O’Toole was bound by the jury’s decision to sentence Tsarnaev to death – a sentence that is subject to an automatic appeal.
The jury condemned Tsarnaev to death specifically for the bomb he placed that killed two people – not for a separate bomb his older brother placed.
O’Toole, in his remarks before he issued the sentence, told Tsarnaev he will be remembered solely for his “evil.”
“What will be remembered is that you murdered and maimed innocent people and that you did it willfully and intentionally,” O’Toole told him.O’Toole ended his remarks by saying: “I sentence you to the penalty of death by execution.”
Tsarnaev delivered his brief statement in a thick accent. He did not explain why he participated in the Marathon bombing that killed three and injured hundreds, the worst terror attack on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001.