He sat there in his chair, next to his attorneys and listened. One by one, the victims and the family members of those that lost their lives in Boston spoke.

In the end, Dzhokar Tsarnev found out what his fate would be and to no one’s suprise it was death.

Before his sentence, Tsarnaev spoke to the jury. He did not look at them, instead looking at US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. that pronounced the death sentence, admitting his wrongdoing. On Wednesday, in the US District Court on Boston, he ended his long silence, asking Allah to help his victims and their families and apologizing for the pain and suffering he caused two years ago.

“If there is any lingering doubt … I did it along with my brother,” he said, referring to the bombings carried out by him and his older brother, Tamerlan. “I ask Allah to have mercy on me, my brother and my family.”

Standing at the defense table and speaking in a low voice, he said he was sorry but he never turned to face his victims — whose names, faces and ages, he said, he has come to know.

“I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done. Irreparable damage,” he said.

He added, “I prayed for Allah to bestow his mercy upon the deceased, those affected in the bombing and their families. Allah says in the Quran that with every hardship there is relief. I pray for your relief, for your healing, for your well-being, for your strength.”

Not all were impressed with his words and some of the comments made in a news conference after the sentencing let their feeling be known.

“The last thing we wanted to hear about is Allah,” Lynn Julian, one of the survivors spoke afterward. “He threw in an apology that seemed insenserce.” Julian, who lives about a block away from the finish line, suffered a back injury and permanent loss of hearing from the bombing in 2013. Scott Weisberg became an advocate for those that suffer tramatic injures after he was hurt in the bombing. Weisberg, a doctor from Birmingham, Alabama, who suffers from PTSD and a hearing loss, said “He said that he was remorseful, which I find hard to believe,” Weisberg said. “I think he spoke because people were expecting him to.

This was his one last moment. I don’t think it was genuine with his apology. We are still alive, even though there are four people that are not.”

Dzhokar Tsarnev will be shackled and taken on his way to Terre Haute, Indiana. The trial part of his life is over and a jury of his peers found him guilty for four counts of murder in the bombing. His life now in the figurative sense of the word hangs in the balance. Tsarnaev is the first person to be handed a death sentence in a federal terrorism case since the September 11, 2001, attacks. He and older brother Tamerlan, who died while fleeing police, set off two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

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 that Friday afternoon in the federal courthouse in Boston and Judge O’Toole confirmed their message. 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.

When Judge O’Toole formally imposed the death sentence on Tsarnaev — a decision already made by a federal jury, he was not only speaking for those that lost their lives, he spoke for those that lost limbs, relationships and jobs after the bombing and he did not mince any words.

“Whenever your name is mentioned, what will be remembered is the evil you did,” the judge told him. “What will be remembered is that you murdered and maimed innocent people and that you did it willfully and intentionally. You did it on purpose.”

O’Toole recalled the evil Iago in Verdi’s opera Otello, who tries to justify his malice by saying he believes in “a cruel God.”

“Surely someone who believes that God smiles on and rewards the deliberate killing and maiming of innocents believes in a cruel God. That is not, it cannot be, the God of Islam. Anyone who has been led to believe otherwise has been maliciously and willfully deceived.”

In the grand scheme of things, Dzhokar Tsarnev will never draw breath as a free man and will eventually die behind bars. The only question is that will Nature take its course and kill him or will he die by lethal injection in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The victims that spoke yesterday talked about their hopes and dreams of a better future. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took those hopes and dreams away from them. Those that lost limbs will never get them back but in the bigger picture, they will be admitted into heaven (better to enter Heaven maimed than to go to Hell whole, Jesus told his disciples). They are the lucky ones. Some relationships have been damaged forever by the bombing, some have lost jobs and friends because of this and some have even gone bankrupt financially.

They spoke, he listened silently. Then it was his turn and to some that were there, his words sounded hollow, rehearsed as if he was in a movie, some even going so far as to say they were not sincere. His actions did him in. It will be some time before he is executed because of the appeals process, which could take at the very least a decade if not more.

Credo in un Dio crudel,” Iago sings in the Verdi opera based on the Shakespeare play. “I believe in a cruel god.” Judge O’Toole did was not in the mood to pull any punches and did not.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev will sit in a prison cell in Terre Haute, Indiana counting the number of days when he die. He will be allowed to feel sunlight on his face but it will not be as a free man. His punishment awaits him and it will be slow and painful. In the end, Dzhokar Tsarnaev will never leave on his own two feet. When the appeals are exhausted, he will know that the end is near. Dzhokar Tsarnaev was a national nightmare. Now he must pay the penalty and that bill will come due in time.

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