January 30, 2014, 2:34 PM
Tsarnaev brothers splitscreen on Times Square. This combination of undated pictures shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, left, and Tamerlan
BOSTON – Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to press for Tsarnaev’s execution was widely expected. The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, and 17 of the 30 federal charges against him – including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill – carry the possibility of the death penalty.
“The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Holder said in a statement.