For years the Boston Marathon has been one of Boston’s most proudest events. Runners come from all over the world to compete and participate in the 26-mile marathon. On April 15, 2013, as crowds of spectators cheered on runners who were approaching the finishing line, two homemade pressure cooker bombs exploded seconds apart. The devastation caused mass destruction and left over 260 people with major injuries including many lost limbs. Those bombs took the lives of 3 people. 29 year old Krystal Campbell, Boston University Graduate student Lingzi Lu and little 8 year old Richard Martin laid dead amidst the carnage. The attack also left the City in an uproar. Over the next few days, the local residents were ordered to stay in their homes while the police pursued the suspects. On April 19, 2013, law enforcement continued to scan the City for the suspects. MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was approached by the suspects was and shot dead. The suspects left the area where Officer Collier was shot and went a couple miles away to a neighboring City of Allston. There they hi-jacked a vehicle, drove the owner to a service station in Cambridge where the owner escaped and ran into a nearby service station begging for help. The clerk called the police and a high speed chase ensued into nearby Watertown, another bordering city just a few miles away.
The suspects turned out to be Tamerian Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnavev, two brothers from Cambridge. The chase ended when Tamerian Tsarnaev fell from the car and his brother Dzhokhar ran over him resulting in Tamerian’s death.
Dzhokhar escaped during all the mayhem and went on the run for 2 days. Cambridge Police, Boston Police, Watertown Police State Police and Federal law officials set up a command post in Watertown until they found Dzhokhar hiding in a boat in one residents’ back yard. Dzhokhar was apprehended and taken into custody. Many lives were altered, devastated and destroyed by the Tsasrnavev brothers actions.
In January 2015, a Dzhokhar Tsarnavev went on trial at John Moakley Federal Court in Boston. On March 3, 2015 a jury of his peers were chosen. Dzhokhar faced 30 counts of charges in connection with the bombing. 17 of those counts punishable by the death penalty.
On April 8, 2015, two years after the bombing, the verdict came in. Dzhokhar Tsarnavev was found Guilty on all 30 counts including conspiracy and use of weapons of mass destruction. 17 of those counts are punishable by death.
Many of us have lost loved ones to murder. However if we were given the opportunity to choose life or death for the pepertrator would you be able to choose the death penalty? Death is final and ends the pain, misery and punishment for the offender. However, life in prison without the possibility of parole is a living hell. Each and every day that person lives, he has to think about what he has done, the pain and devastation he has caused and the fact that he has no chance to ever cause harm again.
IS THE DEATH PENALTY HARSHER PUNISHMENT THAN LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE? WHAT IS YOUROPINION?