Some of the survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing – which left three dead and hundreds more injured – wasted no time on Friday reacting to the announcement that a court of Federal appeal had quashed the death sentence of convicted killer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“He must die,” survivor Adrianne Haslet wrote on Instagram of Tsarnaev, who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2015.
Haslet, 40, a dancer who lost a leg in the attack, was one of 17 people left without at least one limb following the explosions set off by bombs that Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, planted as a crowd gathered near the finish line in one of America’s most famous running events.
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The brother was killed in a shootout with the police after a manhunt.
“The death penalty should be used in this particular case,” Haslet wrote. “This terrorist admitted in court that he was guilty of crimes against our country. He confessed. … He is a threat to all of us and he must die.
Haslet has since become an amputee advocate, the FOX Boston 25 affiliate reported.
Another survivor of the attack, Rebekah Gregory, wrote on Twitter that the court ruling was “disgusting.” Gregory, 32, a young mother, also lost a leg as a result of the attack.
“So people are on death row for a lot less, and the United States Court of Appeals chooses to overturn this COWARD’s conviction ??!” Gregory wrote.
“All this just gives him the attention he wants and prolongs the nightmare we have been living for SEVEN years. Repugnant. ”
Gregory has since written a book about her ordeal and made other efforts to overcome what happened to her – including running the Boston Marathon herself as an amputee, according to Boston 25.
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Dic Donohue, a retired transport police sergeant who was seriously injured as law enforcement pursued the Tsarnaev brothers, and his wife Kim Donohue, took a stance of not allowing the attack to catch up with their lives, no matter what happens to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“I had expected this since the trial and the initial appeal,” Dic Donohue wrote on Twitter of Tsarnaev’s death sentence overturned. “And anyway, he won’t come out and hasn’t been able to hurt anyone since he was captured.”
Kim Donohue shared a photo on Twitter, showing her husband meeting two other bombing survivors: Jeff Bauman, who lost two limbs in the attack, and Carlos Arredondo, a marathon spectator who was credited with helping to save lives after the attacks.
“The reversal of death today changes neither me nor my husband’s happiness. This does not bring back our friend Sean, ”wrote Kim Donohue, referring to Sean Collier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology policeman who was killed by the Tsarnaev brothers.
“I was inspired by the survivors, moved to tears by the doctors and always beholden to those who saved Dic’s life in Watertown. No condemnation will ever change that.
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Many of the charges Tsarnaev was convicted of were upheld by the appeals court, but on those potentially life-threatening charges the court ordered a new criminal trial. So Tsarnaev could be sentenced to death again, but the government must first decide whether it wants to apply the death penalty.
The Department of Justice now has the option of asking the entire Boston “en banc” appeals court to hear the appeal or the DOJ could ask the Supreme Court to reconsider the case.
The three judges who rendered the decision were: Juan Torruella, a Reagan appointed person who was in part dissenting; Rogeriee Thompson, an Obama-appointed person who wrote the opinion; and William Kayatta, also named by Obama.
Fox News’ Nick Givas contributed to this story.