US calls death sentence `fitting punishment’

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands as a death by lethal injection sentence is read at the Moakley Federal court house in the penalty phase of his trial in Boston, Friday, May 15, 2015. The federal jury ruled that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says a jury’s decision to sentence Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death is “a fitting punishment.”

Lynch issued a statement Friday after the verdict came down.

She says Tsarnaev “coldly and callously perpetrated a terrorist attack” that injured hundreds and took the lives of four people.

She says, “The ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime.”

Tsarnaev and his brother detonated two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. His brother died in a shootout with police days later.

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