Boston Bomber Apologizes Before Being Formally Sentenced To Death: “I Pray For Your Relief”

June 24, 2015  |  

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was formally sentenced to death Wednesday for the role he played in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, USA Today reports.

A jury decided six weeks ago that Tsarnaev should be put to death, but Judge George O’Toole sealed his fate during the federal sentencing hearing.

“Whenever your name is mentioned, what will be remembered is the evil you did,” O’Toole told the 21-year-old. “What will be remembered is you murdered and maimed innocent people.”

Moments before the final verdict was announced, Tsarnaev shocked the courts by apologizing for the pain he has caused.

“I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done — irreparable damage,” he said breaking his silence for the for time in two years. “I pray for your relief, for your healing.”

Survivors of the bombing and relatives of victims who lost their lives also addressed Tsarnaev prior to the reading of the verdict.

“What you did to my daughter is disgusting,” said Patricia Campbell, mother of 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, who died in the bombing. “I don’t know what to say to you. I think the jury did the right thing.”

Tsarnaev was found guilty of killing four people and seriously maiming 17 in the deadly bombing.

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