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US charges against Boston bombing suspect allow for death penalty (+video)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon bombing suspect, was charged Monday with using an IED to destroy lives and property, a federal crime that carries a potential death sentence. The affidavit outlines why the FBI believes it has the right man.

White House spokeman Jay Carney said earlier on Monday that the administration had concluded that the suspect would not be treated as an enemy combatant.
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The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was charged on Monday with using an improvised explosive device that killed spectators at the historic race on Patriots Day.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass., was also charged with malicious destruction of property by means of an explosion that resulted in death.

Both charges carry a potential death sentence.

The action came almost exactly a week after two homemade bombs ripped through the crowd near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 200.

Mr. Tsarnaev was informed of the charges during an initial court appearance conducted by a federal judge in his hospital room.

“Although our investigation is ongoing, today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston and for our country,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

The charges resulted from the work of a team of investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Boston Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, and a range of other federal investigative agencies.

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