HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Many sharing their opinions in western Massachusetts Friday after residents found out the jury returned a death penalty verdict for Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Once all of his appeals are exhausted, Tsarnaev will be put to death by lethal injection for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings. Many of the people 22News spoke with, think the jury got it wrong.
“Honestly i think he should have gotten life in prison because he wanted to be put to death, so i think were kind of making him a martyr, giving him what he wants kind of thing”, said Lucas Correia of Ludlow.
That opinion lines up with the fact that no one has been put to death here in Massachusetts since 1947. Tsarnaev was tried and convicted in federal court.
Many telling 22News they feel taking Tsarnaev’s life is just as bad. “I’m sure it brings closure for some people, I’m against the death penalty, i don’t believe in state sanctioned violence”, said Chester Fernandez.
While most people we talked to didn’t agree with the verdict that wasn’t the case for everyone in western Massachusetts. “I think they got it exactly right I think justice was served” David Magazu of Wilbraham told 22News.
Regardless of opinions on the death penalty, many told 22News that they felt strongly because the bombing was so public and hit so close to home.