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Posted Apr 22, 2013, 11:33 am
Federal authorities Monday charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston bombing and the killing of an MIT police officer, with using a "weapon of mass destruction." (with complete document)
Tsarnaev, 19, was charged in an criminal complaint Monday, appearing before a federal magistrate in his hospital room. He is "specifically charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death," the complaint said.
The WMD charge could result in a death sentence, or life in prison.
The bombings resulted in the deaths of three people and injuries to more than 200 others, the Justice Department said in a news release.