Moments ago, a jury handed over a “guilty” verdict in the trial of 21-year-old Kyrgyzstan native Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Tsarnaev was arrested two years ago in connection with the Boston Marathon Bombing that killed 5 and injured nearly 300. He has now been convicted on all 30 counts against him, and will likely face the death penalty.
Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev were the targets of a massive manhunt in the wake of the terrifying 2013 attack.
Tamerlan was killed by police during a stand-off, during which he had a bomb strapped to his chest.
As the verdict was read this afternoon, witnesses say Tsarnaev showed no emotion. Many of the victims and families of those who were killed in the bombing were present in the courtroom.
Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, but his lawyers sought only to prove that his brother was the mastermind behind the operation, and that Dzhokhar was merely an impressionable teenager roped into committing a heinous act.
The jury wasn’t buying it, and they’ll now move on to the penalty phase, in which it will be decided if Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will spend the rest of his life in prison, or die for his crimes.