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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

CHARGED

in Boston Marathon Bombing

4/22/2013 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has just been hit with federal criminal charges for the Boston Marathon bombing ... and if convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced moments ago ... the 19-year-old has been charged with the following counts:

-- One count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death.

-- One count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. 

According to officials, Tsarnaev could face up to life in prison or the death penalty if convicted.

Officials say Tsarnaev had his initial court appearance today from his hospital room ... where he is being treated for wounds sustained during a shoot out with police in Watertown, Mass.

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16.

Deep-Sigh    

how about charging the plant manager and CEO of West Fertilizer Co with the same charges..

One count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death.
The had 1350 times the amount of explosive chemicals and FAILED to report to DHS.

-- One count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.
The plant went BOOM...resulting in the death of so far 15 people including first responders....

I know....they'll probably just get a fine. Crazy.

463 days ago
17.

Elliot Rodger    

Its a good thing the FBI has known about this guy and his brother for two years

463 days ago
18.

tired of hearing about them    

At the risk of sounding non PC I wish the cops would have just killed him. It would have saved the tax payers a lot of money.

463 days ago
19.

Genghis Khan    

Let Khan behead him!

463 days ago
20.

Woot    

Ok, I'm a lone voice out here, but I don't want to see ANYONE die. My vote is for life in prison.

463 days ago
21.

Teresea Avant    

Yeah, get him well..so we can give him the death penalty...sounds weird to me

463 days ago
22.

Hgraves    

Certain things to do with this case and these brothers sound really fishy...

463 days ago
23.

Babypinkribbons    

Dudes only a kid & has thrown his life away already. So since he doesn't give a sh*t what happens, why should we?? I'm all for the death penalty on this one!!

463 days ago
24.

ricosauve15    

Death

463 days ago
25.

Nobrows    

Really? That's all Holder is charging him with? If it had been a white Christian, there would have been charges for each and every person injured, killed, inconvenienced, plus the price of the police officers and property damage, not to mention the boat.
And Obama just came out and said they were working alone and not helped by any other people or group. Really? I know he doesn't want to face the fact that Muslims like killing Americans, but how much whitewash can he put on this event before he loses all credibility?

463 days ago
26.

heavenly    

Good. **** you to all the idiots who thought he was innocent. They will kill him in prison before the he gets the death penalty

463 days ago
27.

Touche'    

Please take this mindless kid to the electric chair & straighten out his curls!

463 days ago
28.

BSname    

On June 11, 2001 Timothy McVeigh was put to death by lethal injection.
On that day I went to Disneyland.
I plan on being on the Dumbo ride watching Tinkerbell when this turd takes his last breath.

463 days ago
29.

blakhoode    

I fully expected them to pin his brother's death on him, seeing how he ran over him with a stolen car. I'm sure he'll get the death penalty. Politicians love the death penalty in terror cases, even though terrorist seem a lot more willing to die than anyone else. Life in prison would send a more powerful message.

463 days ago
30.

EastCoastChopper    

In 2009 Team Tsarnaev were building a non-permitted Minaret on-top of the MIT college dorms - They were buying pressure cookers by the pallet load...Growing beards to their knees and suddenly stopped eating all pork products... Yet they slipped under the radar?

Yikes....just yikes!

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