Marathon bomber to be sentenced in June

Tsarnaev will have a chance to speak at his official sentencing

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 (WWLP) – The judge in the Boston Marathon bombing trial will formally sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev next month. Jurors on Friday recommended that Tsarnaev be executed for his role in the deadly 2013 attack that killed three people and injured hundreds of others, leaving many of them amputees. He was also convicted of the murder of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who died in the manhunt for Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan.

Judge George O’Toole will formally deliver the death sentence in June, but we’re still not sure of an exact date. He met with lawyers at the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse in South Boston for a status conference Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors told the judge that about 20 survivors have asked to speak at the sentencing. Tsarnaev will also have the opportunity to say something.

22News went to Marathon Sports on Boylston Street, where one of the two pressure cooker bombs went off two years ago. Manager Shane O’Hara, who testified during the trial, said it’s really too late for that.

“Whatever he has to say, I think it’s forgotten about. If that was the case, he should’ve said it all along at the beginning, even before the trial. I don’t know if I would believe it or trust it,” O’Hara said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the first person sentenced to death in Massachusetts since the death penalty was abolished statewide in 1984 (no one had actually been executed in Massachusetts since 1947, however). While capital punishment remains illegal on the state level, this case was tried in federal court, which has no such prohibition. Federal death sentences are carried out at a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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