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Date Set for Tsarnaev's Official Death Sentence in Boston Bombing

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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be formally sentenced to death June 24, the judge presiding over the case said Thursday.

The sentencing will happen in the same courtroom in Boston where a jury convicted him and voted unanimously for his execution this spring.

Some of Tsarnaev's victims will be able to address the court and Tsarnaev directly. Tsarnaev himself also has the option of addressing the court and U.S. District Judge George O'Toole.

Three people were killed and scores injured in the April 15, 2013 attack, in which Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, detonated bombs near the race's finish line. In the ensuring manhunt, the brothers killed an MIT police officer and got into a shootout with police, in which Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed.

With the formal sentencing, Tsarnaev, 21, will become the youngest person on federal death row. He will likely end up at the U.S. Bureau of Prison's death row in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he is expected to embark on an appeals process that could last years before he is finally killed by lethal injection.

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