January 23, 2022

Feds want Boston Marathon bomber’s $1,400 stimulus check to go to victims

Federal prosecutors want convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to use a $1,400 COVID-19 stimulus payment he received, as well as other money in his inmate account, to pay the millions of dollars he had to pay his victims.

In a filing on Wednesday, the US law firm in Boston asked a judge to order the federal penitentiary to transfer the money to the court clerk “in payment for its outstanding criminal fines, including unpaid special assessment and restitution.”

In addition to the stimulus payment, Tsarnaev, who is being held in a maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado, has received money from dozens of sources during his incarceration, including the Federal Public Defender’s Office and regular payments from individuals living in Indiana, New Jersey. and Maryland, according to the filing by Acting US Attorney for Massachusetts, Nathaniel Mendell.

On December 22, Tsarnaev had $3,885 and change in his account.

He was convicted in 2015 of 30 charges related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three spectators and injured more than 260 others. In 2016, he was ordered to pay a $3,000 special and more than $101 million in criminal restitution.

So far, according to the filing, Tsarnaev has paid just over $2,200 of that, all for the review.

And while he hasn’t paid a cent in restitution, Tsarnaev has used his prisoner’s account to pay his siblings for items such as “gifts,” “support” and “books,” the filing said.

“The United States argues that the requested exemption is reasonable and appropriate in this case, especially in light of the defendant’s prioritization of payments to his siblings over the victims of his crimes,” the prosecutors wrote.

An email requesting comment was left with Tsarnaev’s lawyers.

Tsarnaev was originally sentenced to death, but the federal appeals court in Boston rejected the death penalty in July 2020 because the judge did not do enough during his trial to ensure the jury would not be biased against him. He is currently serving a life sentence.

The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to reinstate Tsarnaev’s death sentence. the supreme court arguments heard in October but has yet to rule.

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