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AG Loretta Lynch: Tsarnaev death penalty is a 'fitting punishment'

In light of the news that a jury sentenced convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzohkar Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection, Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the news a "fitting punishment" for a "coldly and callously perpetuated attack that injured hundreds of Americans and ultimately took the lives of three individuals."

Lynch added that she hopes the verdict "will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families" — though according to CNN, it's likely that there will be a "years-long appeals process" before the case is finally closed.

The verdict marks the first time after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that federal prosecutors have won the death penalty for someone who was convicted of terrorism.

On April 8, Tsarnaev was convicted of all 30 counts against him — 17 of which carried the death penalty — in relation to the bombing, which killed three and maimed and injured hundreds in April 2013.