Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Indicted

From the Washington Post

“A federal grand jury on Thursday returned a 30-count indictment against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, and many of the charges carry the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was indicted on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death.”

The indictment goes into detail on every single count and gives us new information about what happened during the run up to the attacks. In particular, it describes how Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan went up to New Hampshire to purchase materials used in the bombings, including explosives and hand guns.

The indictment also says that Dzhokhar downloaded a copy of al-Qaeda’s english language magazine, Inspire. The magazine details how to create an explosive device using a pressure cooker, the exact method the brothers used to make the bombs that detonated during April’s Boston Marathon.

With regards to the causalities, the indictment alleges that two people were killed by each bomb, along with scores of injuries. To me, that seems like an odd coincidence that the deaths were evenly split up between the two brothers, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

The big remaining question is whether Dzhokhar will cop a plea deal with the feds or opt to stand trial. Any plea deal will most definitely come with significant prison time, and he may spend the rest of his life behind bars. But it will spare him the death penalty, which will be on the table should he plead not guilty.

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