Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes to Victims During Sentencing: I Am Sorry for the Lives that I Have Taken, the Suffering and Damage I Have Caused

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

Before he was sentenced to death, Boston Marathon bomber addresses the court

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke publicly for the first time since his arrest, telling a packed courtroom at his sentencing hearing Wednesday that he was sorry for his role in the 2013 attacks that that killed three people and injured nearly 300.

“I would like to now apologize to victims and survivors,” Tsarnaev said. “Immediately after the bombing that I am guilty of, I learned of some of the victims, their names, their faces, their ages.”

The 21-year-old, who declined to testify on his own behalf during his trial, was given the opportunity to speak before he was formally sentenced to death.

“If there is any lingering doubt, I did do it, along with my brother,” Tsarnaev said, choking up as he spoke. “I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering I have caused, and for the terrible damage I have done.”

He then asked Allah “for mercy on me, my brother and my family.”

The courtoom remained silent as Tsarnaev spoke.

“I pray to Allah to bestow his mercy on you,” he said. “I pray for your relief, for your healing, for your well-being, for your health.”

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SOURCE: Yahoo News
Holly Bailey

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