Most Boston residents favor life without parole for Tsarnaev if convicted, poll shows

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Boston residents by a wide margin favor life without parole instead of the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is convicted of the attack, a Boston Globe poll finds.

The poll, conducted Sept. 5 through Sept. 12, showed that 57 percent of respondents support a life sentence for Tsarnaev, compared with 33 percent who favor the death penalty. Although capital punishment is barred in Massachusetts, Tsarnaev has been indicted on federal charges, including using weapons of mass destruction, that could bring the death penalty.

Federal investigators say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, detonated two pressure-cookers packed with explosives near the Marathon finish line on April 15. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured. Tamerlan died in a shootout with police.

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