AG Healey: Marathon bomber should spend rest of life in jail

Tsarnaev faces a possible federal death penalty

Maura Healey
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Maura Healey says Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail.

Jurors in the federal trial began deliberating Tuesday. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys said Tsarnaev must be held accountable for participating in the attack.

Even though Massachusetts doesn’t have capital punishment, Tsarnaev faces a possible federal death penalty.

Healey, the state’s top law enforcement officers, said she is opposed to capital punishment, but believes it was appropriate to charge Tsarnaev with federal crimes, including use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.

Healey said for the sake of the victims of the bombing, she hopes the process can be as expeditious and fair as possible and that Tsarnaev will head to jail for the rest of his life.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

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