Hoosiers react to Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 15, 2015) -- Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could spend the rest of his living days on death row in Indiana. It'll likely happen at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute.

A Hoosier who ran in the Boston Marathon has been following the latest developments. Grant Russo says he is generally in favor of the death penalty, but in this case he's not.

"It does bring some finality and closure, which I think is good, but I do think that he was probably better off served with a life sentence at a super max prison," Russo said.

The images of the grisly end to the 2013 Boston Marathon will forever be etched in Russo's mind, as well as the minds of other people. Russo crossed the finish line not too long before the pressure-cooker bombs packed with shrapnel exploded. Three people died and more than 300 others were hurt. Tsarnaev was found guilty for his role.

After 14 hours of jury deliberations, they decided on the death penalty.

"This was a horrific crime, it was an act of terrorism," said David Orentlicher, a law professor at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

It's the first time since 9/11 that prosecutors won a terrorism death penalty case at the federal level. Even though it would likely be carried out in Terre Haute, it wouldn't be immediate if his attorney appeals the sentence.

"Plus, right now there's a moratorium on executions in the federal system because of the controversy on 'Do we have a humane way to execute people,'" Orentlicher added.

The prison in Terre Haute was designated as the place where federal death sentences would be carried out.

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