Jury likely to consider marathon bomber's sentence this week

May 11, 2015 7:39 AM by Cheryl Wengren

BOSTON (AP) - After months of testimony, the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-eh) is expected to begin weighing his punishment this week.

Jurors must decide whether Tsarnaev should spend the rest of his life in prison or be executed for twin bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260.

The 21-year-old former college student was convicted of 30 federal charges in the 2013 bombings.

His lawyers are expected to call their last witness today, followed by rebuttal witnesses from prosecutors, then closing arguments to the jury.

Prosecutors have portrayed Tsarnaev as a heartless terrorist who planted a bomb behind a group of children. But Tsarnaev's lawyers have said he fell under the domineering influence of his radicalized older brother.


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