Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two bombers who targeted the Boston marathon in 2013, has been sentenced to death.
A jury had already sentenced the 21 year old to death in May, but a judge formally has to do the same; now an appeal will automatically follow as is required by law.
In Court, Tsarnaev apologized for what he and his brother, Tamerlan, had done. The attacks killed four and injured 260 people.
“If there is any lingering doubt, let there be no more. I did it, along with my brother, I ask Allah to have mercy on me, my brother and my family.”
“I am sorry for the lives that I have taken, for the suffering that I have caused you, for the damage that I have done, irreparable damage,”
“I pray for your relief, for your healing.”
“Allah said in the Quran that no soul is burdened with more than it can bear, and you told us just how unbearable it was, how horrendous it was, this thing I put you through,” he said. “I also wish that far more people had a chance to get up there (and speak), but I took them from you.”
Tsarnaev’s speech has split survivors of the bombing, some of whom accept his apology while other called it a “Oscar-worthy” speech.
By Fiona Carty