A GOP senator and uncle of two victims of the Boston Marathon bombing are backing the bid to take back $21,071 from the canteen account of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
That money includes a $1,400 COVID stimulus check sent to Tsarnaev, 27, last June — a payout that has been targeted by Congress.
“The Boston Marathon Bomber should never have received a covid stimulus check, yet every Senate Democrat voted to give him one,” Arkansas U.S. Senator Tom Cotton told the Herald in a statement Thursday.
“I hope (Suffolk DA) Rachael Rollins will do everything in their power to withdraw that payment — a mass murderer is definitely not on her ‘don’t prosecute’ list,” said Cotton, who announced President Biden’s nomination of Rollins in the election. US fought. Lawyer Post in Massachusetts, added. Rollins posted a list of non-prosecution crimes – including shoplifting – that she would not prosecute when she took over from Suffolk DA.
Acting U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts Nathaniel Mendell, who will be replaced Monday by Rollins, has filed an injunction “authorizing the BOP (Board of Prisons) to transfer all funds.” Mendell adds that Tsarnaev owes the government — and the victims of the April 15, 2013 bombings — $101,129,627.
“This is unbelievable,” said Peter Brown, whose two adult cousins lost their right legs in the bombing and are still undergoing surgery.
“I’m surprised he got a government incentive check. That’s just wrong. He attacked the community that welcomed him,” Brown added.
All that money is readily available to Tsarnaev as he awaits his fate in a Colorado Supermax prison. The U.S. Supreme Court will appeal his death penalty during this hearing.
Tsarnaev, a student at UMass Dartmouth at the time of the bombing, and his older brother, Tamerlan, detonated the two bombs near the finish line of the marathon, killing three people and injuring and maiming more than 260 others. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed three days later in a manhunt – run over by his brother who fled in a car.
The bombing killed Martin Richard, 8; Krystle Campbell, 29; and Lu Lingzi, 23. MIT police officer Sean Collier, 27, was shot execution-style days later by the Tsarnaevs who were on the run. 28-year-old Boston police officer Dennis Simmonds, injured in the Watertown shooting, died in April 2014.