Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the convicted bomber behind the Boston Marathon Attack is getting COVID-19 stimulus funds whilst in prison and nearly dodging his death sentence.
Survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing are speaking out against a federal justice system that is allowing the convicted bomber behind the heinous act to collect COVID-19 funds as he tries to evade his death sentence.
Dhzhokar Tsarnaev, along with his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev had made two pressure-cooker bombs that killed three people and injured over 260 others in 2013.
Although he was convicted on various charges of terrorism and ordered to pay $101 million in restitution, survivors haven’t gotten any compensation. To add insult to injury, Tsarnaev receives a $1400 COVID-19 stimulus fund whilst still in prison. Many survivors and loved ones of the departed believe this is a betrayal on the part of the justice system.
Survivors and witnesses of the bombing, Robert Wheeler, complained that American taxpayers were paying for these terrorists and convicts to get stimulus funds. He argued that why these convicted felons had more rights than victims and heroes of terrorist incidents. A federal judge ruled that Tsarnaev’s stimulus would be used to pay the victims.
The ninth anniversary of the attack, which took place last Friday, led many victims and survivors to reflect on the incident. Kim Donahue, the wife of an MBTA officer who got shot during a shootout between the police and the Tsarnaev brothers, added that this remembrance day honors the police officers who sacrificed their lives for the people of Boston.
She added that dwelling on the stimulus and death penalty appeal is useless, and death penalty sentencing is hardly even seen through to the end.
Marc Fucarile, who lost a leg in the bombing, says his Social Security disability payment is less than half of what Tsarnaev is receiving. He has his doubts about whether the Biden administration will sentence Tsarnaev to death or not.
Survivors added that maintaining healthy relationships and balance in life has been difficult since the bombing, but they are persevering. Wheeler aims to participate in Monday’s marathon whilst not being overwhelmed by the memory of the day.