Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson said in a new report that the judge made a mistake in choosing the jury. He did not ensure that its members were not influenced by the publicity that the case had before the trial began. The judge further said that the ubiquitous reports after the attack included “freezing” photographs and videos of Carnajev and his brother with backpacks and injured and killed near the finish line.
Carnaev: I’m sorry for the lives I took
The judge stressed that Carnaev would spend the rest of his life behind bars, with the only question being whether he would be executed. Carnaev is being held in Florence, Colorado, in the highest-security prison that has earned the nickname Alcatraz of the Rockies. In 2015, the parents of an eight-year-old boy who died in the attack called on the Ministry of Justice not to seek the death penalty in Carnayev’s case, as they said it would prolong their suffering.
Carnaev pleaded guilty on the day of his conviction. “I am sorry for the lives I have taken, the suffering I have caused you, the damage I have done, the irreparable damage,” he said. “If there is any doubt, I am guilty of the attack with my brother,” he added.