Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will face the death penalty for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing if the U.S. has its way, Attorney General Eric Holder saod today.
He was arrested for the blasts last April that killed three people, injured more than 260 others, and sent a wave of shock and fear through Massachusetts.
Prosecutors notified a federal judge in Boston today of the decision.
“After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel," Holder said in a statement.
"I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision."
With the authorization, the U.S. attorney’s office can move forward in requesting a trial date. The death penalty can also now be a factor in any plea negotiations.