Tsarnaev Faces Charge of WMD Usage
The federal government has an active formal criminal charge against 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the surviving suspect in this month’s Boston Marathon bombings. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says Tsarnaev used a weapon of mass destruction against people and property in the United States when two bombs exploded April 15th near the Marathon’s finish line.
The U.S. Department of Justice says a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts charges Tsarnaev with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. Tsarnaev could face a death penalty or life in prison if convicted. The Department of Justice says Tsarnaev made his initial court appearance from his hospital room Monday, April 22, 2013.