Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke in public for the first time since the April 2013 assault simply earlier than the decide formally handed down the 21-year-previous’s dying sentence. He apologized to the victims and their households.
“I’d prefer to now apologize to the victims and survivors. I am sorry for the lives that I have taken, for the struggling that I have triggered you, for the injury, the irreparable injury,” Tsarnaev mentioned in the Boston, Massachusetts courtroom on Wednesday.
You instructed us simply how insufferable it was, this factor I put you thru,” Tsarnaev instructed them, standing in the courtroom along with his fingers folded in entrance of him.
“I am Muslim. My religion is Islam. I pray to Allah to bestow his mercy on those affected in the bombing and their families,” he continued in a low voice, pausing between sentences. “I pray for your healing.”
“I ask Allah for his mercy for me and my brother and my family.”
Tsarnaev was convicted of 30 expenses referring to the bombing and subsequent capturing spree in April of this 12 months. Of these, 17 counts had been capital crimes, making him eligible for the dying penalty. In mid-May, the identical jury that convicted him sentenced him to die, however he was not formally sentenced by the decide at that time.