Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in detonating two powerful backpack bombs in a festive crowd near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds more in a terrorist attack intended to strike a blow at the United States.

Tsarnaev, 21, had been convicted last month in US District Court in Boston of 17 charges that carried the possibility of the death penalty.

The sentence handed down by the seven-woman, five-man jury came at the end of a lengthy, high-profile trial. Tsarnaev, who had taken a sharp turn from hopeful immigrant college student to radical jihadist, also was convicted for murdering an MIT police officer.

The April 15, 2013, bombing was one of the worst terror attacks in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.

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