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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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31.

happypat35    

The human brain doesn't fully develop until age 26; hence, so many young people making bad decisions. I know there are some people on here shouting the death penalty, but I think this country is better than that. What he did was incomprehensible, no doubt. Would you want an "off with his head" mentality if it was your family? Don't claim there isn't one bad bunch.

552 days ago
32.

hummm    

and there will be americans who will defend this piece of sh***t and find a way to make him look good.

552 days ago
33.

lynn    

PLEASE can we focus on the survivors, families, and deceased? I don't want to hear about this guy, see his face, or know his story. This is just an abyss of hate...we must stay strong, loving, supportive. DO NOT post any more pictures of these brothers.

552 days ago
34.

Az Heat    

If people would actually research how much it costs to keep a person on death row they might change their way of thinking! We need to send a very string message and start killing people on death row! So he gets the chance to say good bye to loved ones unlike all of his victims! Great job America! Great job!

552 days ago
35.

Sashatree    

INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. Please, in all your anger, remember the most vital part of our justice system. As horrific as this crime was, the accused is an American citizen and deserves every Constitutional Right that we all are privvy to!

552 days ago
36.

Az Heat    

If this was my Mom that did all this I would be screaming kill her! F all of the human rights people on here! Why do you think this keeps happening in America!?!? We need to start getting all of the muslims, immigrants out of this country! Either they go on their own or we force them out!

552 days ago
37.

Truth    

Liberals and the media (same thing really) are still SHOCKED that it wasn't a middle aged white guy. They were hoping soooooo hard for it to be. Instead it's the usual suspects.

552 days ago
38.

Fred Farkel    

The younger kid was awarded his US citizenship last year on 9/11 (literally SEPTEMBER 11) - and I will bet you 10 trillion dollars that he voted for Obama.


The people have spoken. Barack Obama in your president.

552 days ago
39.

JMP    

Gotta love the comments here. Bunch of uneducated , lynch mob loving rednecks.

552 days ago
40.

Carl    

Not surprising they did the charges today. I think they couldn't have held him much longer without charges.

552 days ago
41.

SusanCoyote    

Why? Why are we gonna spend all this money on a trial? A bullet to the back of the head can't be more than $2.00. And kick his turd family out of the US.

552 days ago
42.

Az Heat    

Hey JP.... If you lost a loved one there would you still be loving this guy!?! Your uneducated a f&cking weak p&ssy!!

552 days ago
43.

natalie    

I feel devasted for the victims but I also am one of thse people who feel bad for him. At jst nineteen years old he threw his life away, and for what? I believe the older brother was a bad seed and brainwashed this one. Brainwashing and manipulation is very real and could happen to any one of you. Happens to hostages etc all the time. Why would someone who was so assimilated in western culture themselves have a problem with Americans? I don't understand that. His brother was also being monitored by the FBI for years and they never once investigated him, epecially after he left the country for 6 months....weird.
Is there any footage of the shoot out, or at the marathon of them? I'm not into conspracy theories but how can people jump down this guy's throat when we have not been provided any evidence of his involvement. I want to see what comes out of his mouth during trial.

552 days ago
44.

STFUP    

TMZ, just stick to gossip stories and stop trying to pretend you're a real news outlet.

552 days ago
45.

WOW    

IF I DID A BOMBING IN THEY'RE COUNTRY AT A EVENT THEY WOULD HAVE KILLED ME AND NO ONE WOULD HEARD **** ABOUT IT..

552 days ago
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