Governor defends statement on Tsarnaev

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Governor Deval Patrick doesn't support the death penalty but says the law requires it in the case of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The Department of Justice said on Thursday it will seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev.  Governor Patrick said in a statement, “One way or another, based on the evidence, Tsarnaev will die in prison.”

22News asked the Governor, who was in Westfield on Friday, if he was jumping to conclusions.

(Is that convicting him by saying that even before he gets a trial?)

“That’s a fair question that’s not my intent.  I am very familiar with the facts, I was there.  One shouldn’t take anything for granted, but I’m pretty confident he will be found guilty of the worst kinds of crimes”, says Gov. Patrick.

The 20 year old Tsarnaev faces 30 charges in connection with the bombing that killed three and injured dozens more.

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