UPDATE: Mayor Walsh issues statement on Boston Marathon bombing verdict

"I am thankful that this phase of the trial has come to an end and am hopeful for a swift sentencing process. I hope today’s verdict provides a small amount of closure for the survivors, families, and all impacted by the violent andtragic events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon. The incidents of those days have forever left amark on our City. As we remember those who lost so much, we reflect on how tragedy revealed our deepest values, and the best of who we are as a community."

UPDATE:The jury for the Boston bombing trial has foundDzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of using a weapon of mass dsestruction and could face the death penalty.

Twitter reacted strongly to the news, with many hoping for Tsarnaev to receive the death penalty.

Previous: The jury hearingthe Boston Marathonbombing trial on Wednesday reached a verdict on the guilt of defendantDzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 attack, according to federal prosecutors.


The verdict was not immediately disclosed but was expected to be read out inU.S. District CourtinBostonlater on Wednesday.

Tsarnaev, 21, faces a sprawling 30-count indictment, with 17 of the charges carrying the death penalty. If he is found guilty of capital crimes, the same jury will decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole.

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Jurors spent just over 11 hours evaluating Tsarnaev’s guilt in two days of deliberations, following 16 days of testimony.

Defense lawyers have admitted that Tsarnaev committed the crimes of which he stands accused but said he did so at the bidding of his older brotherTamerlan, 26, who died following a gunfight with police inWatertown,Massachusetts.

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Prosecutors laid out evidence that the defendant, an ethnic Chechen who immigrated fromRussiaa decade before the attack, had read and listened to jihadist materials, and wrote a note in the boat where he was found hiding suggesting the bombing was an act of retribution for U.S. military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries.

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