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Jury sentences Boston Marathon bomber to death by lethal injection

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BOSTON (AP) -- Jury sentences Boston Marathon bomber to death by lethal injection for 2013 terror attack.

4:10 p.m.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says a jury's decision to sentence Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death is "a fitting punishment."

Lynch issued a statement Friday after the verdict came down.

She says Tsarnaev "coldly and callously perpetrated a terrorist attack" that injured hundreds and took the lives of four people.

She says, "The ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime."

Tsarnaev and his brother detonated two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. His brother died in a shootout with police days later.

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4:00 p.m.

Jurors who sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have found that he showed no remorse.

The jury found that Tsarnaev committed 11 of 12 aggravating factors that prosecutors said supported a sentence of death.

Among the aggravating factors they say the government proved was that he targeted an iconic event that draws large crowds, which makes it especially susceptible to terrorism.

The only one they ruled the government hadn't proved was that Tsarnaev made statements suggesting that others would be justified in committing additional acts of violence and terrorism against the U.S.

As for mitigating factors presented by the defense, only three of 12 jurors found that Tsarnaev would not have committed the crime but for his older brother, Tamerlan.

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3:30 p.m.

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to die by lethal injection for the 2013 terror attack.

The federal jury in Massachusetts reached the decision Friday after more than 14 hours of deliberations over three days.

The 21-year-old Tsarnaev was convicted last month of all 30 federal charges against him, 17 of which carried the possibility of the death penalty.

The bombing killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer days later.

The defense sought to save Tsarnaev's life by pinning most of the blame on his radicalized older brother.

But prosecutors portrayed Tsarnaev as an equal partner in the attack and so heartless he placed a bomb behind children, killing an 8-year-old boy.

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The jury reached a decision Friday in the penalty phase of the death penalty trial after 14 hours of deliberations.

Tsarnaev was convicted last month of all 30 federal charges against him, 17 of which carried the possibility of the death penalty.

The 2013 bombing killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer days later.

The defense sought to save Tsarnaev's life by pinning most of the blame on his radicalized older brother.

Prosecutors portrayed Tsarnaev as an equal partner in the attack and so heartless he placed a bomb behind children, killing an eight-year-old boy.

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