Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was handed down a 30-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Boston on Thursday.
The 19-year-old has been charged with a litany of crimes, including conspiring to use and using weapons of mass destruction resulting in the death of three people and injuring 260 others, as well as murdering Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer Sean Collier.
If convicted, the teen faces life in prison or possibly the death sentence.
The charges allege that the teen and his 27-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev planned for three months to use the homemade bombs at the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon. Then, while on the run after the FBI released photos of the brothers three days later, they shot and killed the MIT campus police officer in an attempt to steal his firearm.
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Tamerlan was killed in a stand-off with police later that night, and Dzhokhar was found hours later injured and hiding in a Watertown resident’s boat. According to the charges, he wrote inside the boat his justification for the crimes before he was captured.
“The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians…I can't stand to see such evil go unpunished… We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all… Now I don't like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said (unintelligible word) it is allowed… Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop,” Dzhokhar wrote.
Since his capture, Dzhokhar has been held at a prison medical center outside of Boston. He is scheduled to be arraigned July 10.