Some not surprised with death penalty announcement

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the accused Boston bomber, if he's found guilty.

Many people 22News talked to had different views on whether criminals should face a death sentence, but nobody was surprised that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Patriot’s Day 2013. The two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line killed 3 people and wounded more than 260.

Now federal prosecutors want 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man accused of planning and carrying out that attack, to face the death penalty, if convicted.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the final decision Thursday.

Troy Ladue said, “No, I’m not surprised. Given all that happened, all the lives that were lost, those who were wounded and forever changed by such a tragic and horrific event, I’m not surprised.”

Sonny Natal said, “He tried to kill a bunch of people and hurt a bunch. That comes with “he tried to kill a bunch of people,” so yeah, I expected that they are going to go after the death penalty, and if they do, so be it.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he voted against the death penalty when he was a state representative, and he stands by that vote. But in this case, he supports Eric Holder.

“Over the pat nine months, the people of Boston have shown the world that we are a city full of heart and courage. Attorney General Holder has applied the law in this case, and I support the process that has brought him to this decision,” Walsh said.

Massachusetts does not have a death penalty under state law. Unless the case is moved, the jury will be chosen from a pool of Massachusetts residents.

More than half 30 charges against Tsarnaev carry the possibility of the death penalty. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty.


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