Death penalty sought for accused Boston bomber

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The Justice Department will seek the death penalty if accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is found guilty in April’s Boston Marathon bombing, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday.

“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 posted on his agency’s website. “The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision.”

In reaching its decision, the government determined“that the killings were intentional, resulted from acts calculated to cause grave risks to public safety, were committed in a cruel manner and prosecutors said the defendant has demonstrated no remorse,” according to NBC News.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when a homemade pressure-cooker bomb went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev is awaiting trial. His brother was killed during a pursuit after the bombing. The two were also accused of killing an Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer.

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