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Boston bombing jury reaches verdict in Tsarnaev trial

Tsarnaev, 21, faces a sprawling 30-count indictment, with 17 of the charges carrying the death penalty

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The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday reached a verdict on the guilt of defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 attack, according to federal prosecutors.

The verdict was not immediately disclosed but was expected to be read out in U.S. District Court in Boston later on Wednesday.

Tsarnaev, 21, faces a sprawling 30-count indictment, with 17 of the charges carrying the death penalty. If he is found guilty of capital crimes, the same jury will decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole.

Jurors spent just over 11 hours evaluating Tsarnaev's guilt in two days of deliberations, following 16 days of testimony.

Defense lawyers have admitted that Tsarnaev committed the crimes of which he stands accused but said he did so at the bidding of his older brother Tamerlan, 26, who died following a gunfight with police in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Prosecutors laid out evidence that the defendant, an ethnic Chechen who immigrated from Russia a decade before the attack, had read and listened to militant materials, and wrote a note in the boat where he was found hiding suggesting the bombing was an act of retribution for U.S. military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries.