Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is awaiting trial and has been charged with 30 counts, including killing three people and using weapons of mass destruction. More than 250 people were injured in the twin blasts on April 15, 2013.
The final decision, which was announced on Thursday, was personally authorized by Attorney General Eric Holder. Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in the 1970s, the federal government has only carried out three executions.
"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," Holder said in a statement. "The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision."
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