In April, there was a bombing during the Boston Marathon that left three people dead and injured more than 260 others. On Thursday, federal prosecutors announced they will seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect accused with the crime.
“After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” US Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a statement, via Boston.com.
“We support this decision and the trial team is prepared to move forward with the prosecution,” Boston US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said in a statement.
If found guilty and given the death penalty, it would be the first federal execution since 2003, when Louis Jones Jr. was put to death for the kidnapping and murder of 19-year-old Army Pvt. Tracie McBride.
You can read the full text of notice of intent to seek death penalty in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev case below: