After more than 11 hours of deliberations, a jury has found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Tsarnaev faced 30 charges, 17 of which carry the possibility of the death penalty. He was found guilty on all 30 counts, including the murder of all three bombing victims and police officer Sean Collier.
"On the occasion of today's guilty verdict in U.S. District Court, the collective thoughts of the entire Massachusetts State Police are with the victims, survivors and families of those maimed by these cowardly acts of terrorism. In today's verdict, we hope to turn another page in the recovery and healing of our community. We are hopeful that in justice, those that have been injured may find some sense of peace," Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy P. Alben said in a statement.
Throughout the trial, Tsnarnaev's attorney Judy Clarke admitted her client was the one behind the terrorist attack, which injured more than 260 people. According to BuzzFeed, Clarke focused her efforts on trying to help Tsarnaev avoid the death penalty by arguing that he was under the influence of his older brother, Tamerlan. "We ask you to hold your minds open... in the next phase of this case, you'll hear a lot more," Clarke pleaded with the jury in her closing statement.
The sentencing phase will begin on Monday, when the same seven women and five men will decide whether Tsarnaev is sentenced to life without parole or to death.