Boston bomber Tsarnaev loses bid for new trial, ordered to pay $101M in restitution

By Doug G. Ware  |  Updated Jan. 15, 2016 at 8:35 PM
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BOSTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has lost his bid for a new trial and was ordered by a judge to pay more than $100 million in restitution to victims and victims' relatives involved in the 2013 attack.

Federal judge George A. O'Toole, Jr., who heard defense arguments early last year, issued the ruling, according to court documents released Friday.

Attorneys for Tsarnaev had asked for a new trial before the Kyrgyzstan-born bomber was convicted on 30 criminal counts stemming from the dual bombings at the Boston Marathon nearly three years ago.

Tsarnaev was convicted last April on 17 capital counts related to the domestic terror attack, which killed three and wounded more than 250. A local police officer was killed by Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, days after the bombings. He is imprisoned at a maximum security facility in Colorado, awaiting death by lethal injection.

The judge's order instructs Tsarnaev to pay a total of $101,124,027 to 49 individuals, to be placed in the Massachusetts Victim Compensation Fund.

The 22-year-old Tsarnaev, however, clearly has no way to disperse that amount, meaning the restitution order will effectively be a symbolic gesture.

Defense attorneys did not contest the dollar amount but are continuing to appeal Tsarnaev's conviction and death sentence.

The details of the financial penalty were included in court documents unsealed Friday.

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