"Irreparable" is how he described his actions. Some may contend these to be the truest words expressed throughout the tumultuous trial. The Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev ended his silence on Wednesday, stunning the courtroom with an apology offered to the victims and their families for the turmoil he inflicted upon their lives starting two years ago.

Standing alone, Tsarnev, 21, faced the victims saying, "If there is any lingering doubt... I did it along with my brother (Tamerlan). I ask Allah to have mercy upon me, my brother, and my family.

I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, for the damage, that I've done. Irreparable damage," he said. 

In addition, he added, "I prayed for Allah to bestoy his mercy upon the deceased, those affected in the bombing and their families. Allah says in the Quran that with every hardship there is relief. I pray for your relief, your healing, your well-being, and your strength."

As judge George O'Toole imposed the sentence already decided upon by a federal jury, O'Toole told Tsarnev his name would be held in infamy.

"Whenever your name is mentioned," he stated, "what will be remembered is that you murdered and maimed innocent people." 

However, the words Tsarnev offered to his victims and families may not have been what they expected to hear. Tsarnev did not take his opportunity to denounce terrorism or Islamic extremism. Unlike many convicted murders, he never said that what he did was wrong or that he wished he would have chosen otherwise.

One survivor even confessed to CNN News that she regretted ever wanting to hear him speak. 

The blasts at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon killed 3 and injured 260. In addition, 17 of those people were left amputees as a result of their injuries. According to prosecutors, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnev released their homemade bombs at the finish line in an attempt to become martyrs to the cause of jihad.

They were also accused of attempting to punish Americans for Muslim deaths overseas.  

As the first person to be sentenced to death in a terrorism case since September 11, 2001, many awaited his final statement. Yet, many people were left with more questions than answers. The first words uttered after a comprehensive, 10-week trial were less than conclusive. 

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, only 75 people have received a death sentence since capital punishment laws were revised in 1988. Out of the 75, only three federal sentences have been carried out.

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