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Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Boston Suspect

09-07-2014
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Federal prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev is being charged for the twin blasts that killed three people last April and wounded more than 260.

"Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received asylum from the United States; obtained citizenship, and enjoyed the freedoms of a United States citizen; and then betrayed his allegiance to the United States by killing and maiming people in the United States," U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said in a notice.

Seventeen of the 30 charges against the 20-year-old carry the possibility of the death penalty.

Marc Fucarile, who lost his right leg above the knee and suffered other severe injuries in the bombing, said prosecutors had made the right decision.

"It shows people that if you are going to terrorize our country, you are going to pay with your life," Fucarile said.

Since the federal death penalty was reinstated in 1988, 70 death sentences have been imposed but only three carried out. One of those was Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

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