A U.S. citizen who came to the United States from the former Soviet Union as a child, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, will be re-sentenced to death following an order from the U.S. President Donald Trump. This order, which was released on Sunday, comes days after an appeals court overturned the death penalty of the Boston Marathon bomber.
The 27-year-old was sentenced to death in 2015 for planting two homemade bombs near the finish line of the race in 2013, killing three people and hurting 264 others. The culprit testified that he carried out the attack when he was 19 with his late brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
On Friday, the federal appeals court in Massachusetts upheld most of Tsarnaev’s convictions. Still, they instructed a district court to hold a new penalty-phase trial to determine his fate for crimes that led to the death sentence. However, the three appellate judges said Tsarnaev would remain confined to prison for the rest of his life. Tsarnaev’s attoneys have denied the charges claiming he had no history of violence. Instead, the attorneys have accused his late brother whom they claim was responsible for the crime.
In a tweet, Trump stated that rarely had anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Besides, he said so many lives were lost and ruined; hence the Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of the original trial. Trump also said their country could not let the appellate decision stand.