A lengthy and emotional sentencing hearing ended, as expected, with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death for the Boston Marathon bombings.
But the big question entering the hearing: Would Tsarnaev himself speak when given the chance? (Video via WHDH)
After the noon recess, Tsarnaev's defense attorneys announced he would. He opened by noting it's the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of forgiveness. Reporters in the courtroom said Tsarnaev choked up as he apologized to his victims.
"I am sorry for the lives that I have taken, for the suffering that I have caused you, for the damage, the irreparable damage," Tsarnaev said.
He then asked Allah for mercy for his victims, himself and his brother Tamerlan, who helped carry out the bombings and later died in a shootout with police. The courtroom apology was a stunning change of demeanor for Tsarnaev.
For more than two years, the victims and family members of the three people who died in the blasts waited for the chance to speak directly to Tsarnaev, who reporters in the courtroom said was relaxed and even smiled at times during his murder trial. (Video via The Boston Globe)
Several of those victims who lost limbs or suffered other injuries showed up for court, with 20 to 30 of them expected to speak. (Video via WHDH)
The judge's formal sentencing was just that — a formality — after a jury pronounced Tsarnaev guilty and recommended the death penalty in May. (Video via WBZ-TV)
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