Where is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Now?

April 3, 2024

When the Boston Marathon bombings occurred on April 15, 2013, killing three people and wounding hundreds more, it was believed that the culprits were two Chechen Kyrgyzstani-American brothers named Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The older brother, Tamerlan, died in a shootout with police days after the bombings but his younger sibling Dzhokhar managed to escape.

After a massive manhunt, the younger brother was captured and found guilty of 30 counts, including murder. He was sentenced to death but his sentence was vacated on appeal in 2020. But in March 2022, the Supreme Court reinstated his death penalty and he is currently sitting on death row at the US penitentiary administrative maximum facility known as ADX Florence in Colorado.

In a powerful interview with Dias Kadyrbayev in Netflix’s new true-crime docuseries American Manhunt, Dzhokhar opened up to the journalist about how he fell into radicalization and what small, at first glance, insignificant mistakes made by himself and his brother led to tragedy. He also discussed how the FBI was able to entrap him in a conspiracy of terror. Dzhokhar is currently locked up in isolation 23 hours a day at the prison and his lawyers are still fighting to get him a fair trial with an unbiased jury. If they win, they hope to overturn the 2020 overturning by the Supreme Court. If not, the 29-year-old will serve life in prison for the crime of which he is guilty. The US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers on the question of a fair trial in October.

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