Date
27 May 2017
A courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his sentencing in a Massachusetts court on June 24. Credit: Reuters
A courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his sentencing in a Massachusetts court on June 24. Credit: Reuters

Boston bomber apologizes as he is formally sentenced to death

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing on Wednesday, just before he was formally sentenced to death for his role in the deadly attacks.

“Now I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken and the suffering that I’ve caused, and the damage I’ve done—irreparable damage,” Tsarnaev said in a brief statement, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“If there is any lingering doubt … I did it, along with my brother,” Tsarnaev said, referring to the bombings carried out by him and older brother Tamerlan.

“I ask Allah to have mercy on me, my brother and my family.”

It is the first time the 21-year-old spoke publicly about the April 15, 2013, blasts that killed three and wounded more than 260.

Tsarnaev carried out the attacks with his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died several days later amid a shootout with police.

The sentencing by a judge on Wednesday was a formality, as a federal jury sentenced Dzhokhar to death in May.

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