More Boston Marathon Bombing Victims Ask Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Not be Given Death Penalty

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left, is depicted standing with his defense attorneys as the jury presents its verdict in his federal death penalty trial Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev was convicted on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left, is depicted standing with his defense attorneys as the jury presents its verdict in his federal death penalty trial Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev was convicted on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

A married couple who lost limbs in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack has joined the family of an 8-year-old victim in opposing the death penalty for bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes ask the federal government not to put Tsarnaev to death, just as the parents of Martin Richard did last week.

In a statement to The Boston Globe, the couple says, “If there is anyone who deserves the ultimate punishment, it is the defendant. However, we must overcome the impulse for vengeance.”

They call their position “intensely emotional and profoundly practical.”

Like the Richards, they call for life in prison without parole or appeals to ensure Tsarnaev “disappears from our collective consciousness as soon as possible.”

The penalty phase of the trial starts Tuesday.

SOURCE: AP

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