It took them 14 1/2 hours over three days and in the end, they were all in agreement. They convicted him last month for the bombing during the Boston Marathon in 2013 that shut down a city for days and now their decision about his fate was rendered.

Wearing a blazer and collared shirt and having a blank expression on his face as he has had throughout most of the trial that almost never changed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev heard what would be his fate.

Death by lethal injection.

The sentence was handed down Friday in the United States Federal Court in Boston and came at the end of a long and somewhat lengthy and high-profile trial. Handed down by a seven-woman, five-man jury, Tsarnaev was called by federal prosecutors as
remorseless and a self-radicalized terrorist who had participated in the bombing to make a political statement, while his defense team portrayed him as the puppy dog-like follower of his troubled, violence-prone older brother, Tamerlan, who became obsessed with waging jihad and died in a firefight with police.

Three died at his hands, while 260 suffered injures that were sever enough for some to lose limbs. Tsarnaev took a turn from a hopeful college student that wanted to change the world to a radical jihadist, was also convicted in the murder of a police officer. The April 15, 2013, bombing was one of the worst terror attacks in the United States since September 11, 2001.

US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. will impose the sentence at a later hearing, where Tsarnaev’s victims will be able to confront him and he also will have the option of addressing the court.

After the verdict was announced, O’Toole told jurors, at least three of whom wiped away tears, “You should be justly proud of your service in this case.”

Some of his victims that didn not want Tsarnev to be put to death, were in attendance.

The jurors decided Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for the people he was found directly responsible for killing when he placed one of the two homemade pressure cooker bombs detonated in the attack. The two people killed by that bomb were Martin Richard and 23-year-old Boston University graduate student Lingzi Lu.

The panel also had the right to sentence Tsarnaev to death for the second bomb placed by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, which killed Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington. But the jury chose not to. The jurors also decided against imposing the death penalty for the subsequent murder of MIT Police Officer Sean A. Collier, 27, whom the defense argued was shot to death by Tamerlan, not Dzhokhar.

US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz told the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Associated Press and USA Today that the sentence
rendered was fair and just and also showed that Americans are “not intimidated by acts of terror or radical ideas.”

She said the trial “showcased an important American ideal — that even the worst of the worst deserves a fair trial and due process of law.’’

“This was not a religious crime,’’ Ortiz said. “It was a political crime designed to intimidate and coerce the United States.. … Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will pay with his life for this crime. Our thoughts should turn away from the Tsarnaev brothers for good,’’ she said.

Sydney Corcoran was seriously injured along with her mother, Celeste, who lost both legs in the blast. “My mother and I think that NOW he will go away and we will be able to move on. Justice,’’ Sydney Corcoran wrote on her Twitter account. “In his own words, ‘an eye for an eye.’ “

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement that the “verdict provides a small amount of closure to the survivors, families, and all impacted by the violent and tragic events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon.’’

The defense never contested his guilt, focusing instead on the second phase of the trial, in which the jury was asked to determine whether Tsarnaev should get life in prison without parole or a death sentence. Over 11 days of testimony jurors heard from more than 60 witnesses, most of them called by the defense in an effort to humanize Tsarnaev. He also did not testify during either phase, showing little emotion as he sat in the courtroom, which left him as a riddle to the jury that would eventually decide his fate.

But in a statement he wrote when he was hiding from police several days after the bombing, he said he had acted because the US government was “killing our innocent civilians. … We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all.”

Defense attorney Judy Clarke suggested that Tsarnaev’s parents were emotionally and later physically, absent from his life and that Tamerlan had filled the void.

A massive manhunt followed that ended several days later in a violent, chaotic showdown. After authorities released their pictures, Tsarnaev, who was 19 at the time, and his 26-year-old brother murdered Collier while he sat in his cruiser on the night of April 18, 2013, in an unsuccessful attempt to get a second gun.

When police caught up with the brothers in Watertown, just outside the city, in the early hours of April 19, the brothers hurled more deadly bombs and fired dozens of shots at police. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after being shot by police and run over by his own brother as he made his escape.

He slipped away from the legions of police who swarmed to the Boston area as the governor, in an unprecedented step, urged residents of Boston, Watertown and other nearby areas to stay indoors and “shelter in place.” But Tsarnaev was ultimately captured later in the day, hiding in a boat stored in a Watertown back yard, where he had written the note explaining his actions. A stunned region breathed a sigh of relief.

People in Boston and beyond rallied together after the attacks, expressing sympathy and offering support to the bombing victims. At the same time, questions were raised and investigations launched into why the attacks weren’t prevented.

He came to America at the age of 9 and the jury heard from his teachers in Cambridge. They spoke of him as being an A student, smart, kind, popular. Tsarnaev arrived in America with his family when he was 9 years old. He would later go on to be captain of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin school wrestling team before attending the University of Massachusetts-Darmouth. Witnesses described him as laid-back and fun loving while in college.

The jury that would eventually convict and sentence him also heard about Tsarnaev’s upbringing in a dysfunctional immigrant Chechen family that held to old cultural traditions that gave outsized rank to the oldest brother. And an expert on Chechnya
described how that country’s struggles for independence became intertwined over the last two decades with the global jihad movement by Islamic militants. When his parents returned to Russia in 2012, the jihad-obsessed Tamerlan was the only adult figure in his life, the defense said. Prosecutors rejected the idea that his older brother Tamerlan had influenced him, arguing that he acted on his own and was his own man.

“These weren’t youthful crimes,” prosecutor William Weinreb said during closings. “There was nothing immature or impulsive about them. These were political crimes, designed to punish the United States . . . by killing and mutilating innocent civilians on US soil.”

So now a jury of his peers has heard arguments from both sides. They listened to testimony and have decided his guilt first and fate second. But even before he is put to death and will be probably sent to the federal government’s version of Death Row in Terre Haute, Indiana, there are still appeals that will have to be dealt with. Even though Tsarnev may be one of the most-hated men in America since Timothy McVeigh, he is still entitled to due process. At the same time, understand that in the federal prison system there is NO parole. That means if you are sentenced to a life term, you do a life term, which means natural life. That means that one way or another, Tsarnev will draw his last breath on Earth behind bars.

The race is on. Even though he’s been sentenced to death, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will die in prison. The only real question in when. The wheels of justice grind slow but they do move. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a marked man and some would like nothing more than perhaps to have him locked in a room with Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz holding a baseball bat.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will die in prison. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev thought he was fighting a holy war and wanted to bring jihad to America. In the end, the jury spoke and spoke loudly, not just for those that were injured and lost limbs and livelihood but those that died, sending him the message that if you kill Americans, we will kill you, no matter how long it takes or who the executioner is. The average time from the time a person is sentenced to death to the time that sentence is carried out is about 12 years. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is 26 now, which means that if all the appeals are exhausted and the ducks are in a row from bill to tail, he will be 38 years old when he is given his last meal and then led to the death chamber. He will then be given a chance to make a final statement with witnesses present from the government and the defense, as well as his family and then be put to death.

The American public spoke loudly Friday afternoon in the federal courthouse in Boston. Bostonians know now that they can breathe easy knowing that a man that caused them grief and misery on a day that was supposed to be joyful will never do it again to anyone else and will pay for his action with his life. They’re also patient souls, knowing that he will die. The clock for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is ticking. Will he die at the hands of the government or at the hands of God?

Uncle Sam doesn’t know the answer to that question.

God knows the answer.

But he’s not saying.

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