US seeks death penalty for marathon suspect

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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 4:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 4:33 AM

BOSTON (AP) — The decision by federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty against the man accused in the Boston Marathon bombing has drawn a range of reactions from victims and their families.

Marc Fucarile of Stoneham lost his right leg in the blast and says he believes it is the right decision. The grandmother of a 29-year-old woman killed in the bombing says she isn't sure she supports the death penalty, but fears that prison wouldn't be enough punishment for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement Thursday was widely expected. The twin blasts last April killed three people and injured 260 others. At least 16 people lost limbs.

Tsarnaev has pleaded innocent. No trial date has been set.

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