When he is officially sentenced on June 24th, he will face 20 of his victims. Although he did not speak at his trial, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be given the chance to speak and perhaps ask the court to spare him his life. Found guilty of three counts of murder and injuring 264 people with a bomb he made from a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, he was sentenced to death by lethal injection by the same jury last Friday.

Those 20 people will be able to speak and give statements before sentencing becomes official and they have indicated that they want to do so. The hearing is expected to last one day just that day. “We could proceed rather expeditiously,” in making the jury’s sentence formal, U.S. District Judge George O’Toole told prosecutors and defense attorneys in the same courtroom where Tsarnaev was tried.

Tsarnaev did not appear at the hearing but he would also have the right to speak at the sentencing hearing but would not be obligated to say anything. Just three of the 74 people that have been sentenced to death have been executed since 1988 and his attorneys are most likely going to appeal the death sentence that was handed out. Those appeals are expected to run their course of years if not decades. The defense also argues that Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan was the driving force behind the bombing. That arguement was rejected and taken into account into the jury giving him death instead of life in prison without parole.

When June 24th comes, there will be people speaking of their experiences before the bombing and after. While there will be 20 speaking, the three people that lost their lives in the bombing, 8-year-old Martin Richard, 23- year old Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu, and 29-year old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell will have their families speak for them. There is no telling what the mood will be and there is a chance that Tsarnaev’s family could be there. Things at best could be testy, which could mean that the familes of Tsarnaev’s victims and Tsarnaev’s family will have to be kept away from each other for their safety and the safety of others.

What, if anything, will Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say when that time comes? Will he be honest? Will he be forthcoming? More importantly, will he ask forgiveness from his victims and will they do the same or will there be such a chill in the courtroom that even Satan will need long johns? This is real life. There’s no one writting a script, no director yelling “cut” at the end of the day and no credits rolling. Things could either be civil or they could get hostile. In the end, Tsarnaev will spend his final days in a prison cell either in Colorado or Terre Haute, Indiana, waiting to hear if his appeal will be upheld or if the sentence of death will be carried out.

20 people will face the man that harmed them on June 24th, which is on a Wednesday. They will have their say. They, along with the family members of the three that were killed, will be given the chance to give victim impact statements. Then if Tsarnaev has anything to say, he will. Once the talking is over, a judge will speak and sentence him and unlike the court system in Britain, there will be no black wig, which indicates that a person has been sentenced to death. At 21, he will be the youngest person to be given the death sentence. When the talking stops, he will sit in a prison cell, waiting to die (most likely in Terre Haute) as the appeals process plays out and the race to see who gets to kill Tsarnaev is on.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may well be the most hated man in Boston since Bucky Dent. A jury of his peers found him guilty and sentenced him to die, telling him that “your idea of an American Jihad is not accepted here.” He will probably spend his days reading, working on his appeals and praying. His life will be placed in the hands of U.S. District Judge George O’Toole, the same judge that presided over his trial and sentencing. In any case, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will draw his last breath behind bars.

The bigger question?

Will Nature kill him or Uncle Sam?

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