A federal appeals court on Friday rescinded the death penalty of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who together with his brother planted a bomb which killed 3 people and injured many others near the finish line at the Boston Marathon back in 2013.
The US federal court of appeal rescinded the death penalty on five counts, stressing that the judge who gave the judgement made several mistakes. However, he said the convict is expected to remain in prison for life.
The opinion, authored by Circuit Court Judge Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson, says “And just to be crystal clear: Because we are affirming the convictions (excluding the three 924(c) convictions) and the many life sentences imposed on those remaining counts (which Dzhokhar has not challenged), Dzhokhar will remain confined to prison for the rest of his life, with the only question remaining being whether the government will end his life by executing him.”
Back in December, Tsarnaev’s attorney, Daniel Habib, argued that the jury who sat on the last ruling were made up of people who were directly affected by the terror plot and for that made up their mind prior to the ruling on his death sentence.
Tsarnaev is currently imprisoned in a federal prison in Colorado. He was convicted for the death of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu at the marathon and police officer Sean Collier.
Tsarnaev who was 19 years old at the time together with his brother orchestrated the Boston Marathon bombing which killed 3 people in the process and permanently damaging others. The brothers were both spotted by CCTV camera carrying bag packs with pressure cooker bombs.
As a result, the city was cordoned and a lockdown was imposed. Also a search for the brothers was conducted by the police in which the Tsarnaev’s elder brother, Tamerlan was shot dead after a fierce fire fight with the police while Tsarnaev was arrested a day later.