Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted yesterday of carrying out the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which devastated a crowd near the finish line of the world-renowned race, killing three people and wounding more than 260 others., the Boston Globe reports. Tsarnaev, 21, who prosecutors called a self-radicalized Muslim bent on striking a blow against the United States, now faces a second phase of his trial in which a jury will decide whether to sentence him to death. The second phase begins next week in federal court in Boston. Tsarnaev and his late older brother, Tamerlan, planted two bombs at the race. Tsarnaev was also convicted of murdering an MIT police officer several days after the bombing and battling police in a wild firefight in Watertown near Boston several days after the bombing.
Prosecutors argued that Tsarnaev committed the crimes in a “heinous, cruel and depraved manner” and that he deserved the death penalty. The jury agreed on a sweeping verdict for the prosecution, convicting Tsarnaev of all 30 crimes he was charged with, including 17 with the possibility of a death sentence. The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for just over 11 hours after hearing closing arguments from the defense and prosecution on Monday.