There were 443 convicted terrorists imprisoned in the United States (as of April 2016), according to The New York Times. They are serving sentences for crimes ranging from sharing ISIS propaganda online to carrying out terror attacks on U.S soil.
We are taking a snapshot of some of those people and telling you their stories.
Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev killed three people and injured hundred (including 16 who lost limbs) in a bombing carried out at the Boston Marathon on April 13, 2013. They set two homemade pressure cooker bombs, which detonated 12 seconds apart at the finish line of the race as it was drawing to a close.
The brothers remained at large for several days in the city as police struggled to identify the perpetrators. But on April 18, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar shot and killed MIT police officer Sean Collier before hijacking a car and speeding off. Police gave chase while the brothers fired guns and hurled explosives at them in return.
The elder Tamerlan was shot during the pursuit and later died of his wounds in a hospital. Dzhokhar escaped, and a lengthy manhunt ensued to track him down. He was found the following evening, bleeding profusely and hiding in a boat.
Three more people were arrested, accomplices who helped hide Dzhokhar while he was on the run.
The Tsarnaev family was from Chechnya, but Tamerlan and Dzhokhar grew up in the United States. Dzhokhar, who was nicknamed “Jahar,” enjoyed wrestling and had shown no previous signs of radicalized views.
Rolling Stone Magazine caused a controversy when they published a sympathetic feature on Dzhokhar three months after the bombing. The article featured descriptions of Dzhokhar from friends who perceived him as “a beautiful, tousle-haired boy with a gentle demeanor, soulful brown eyes and the kind of shy, laid-back manner that ‘made him that dude you could always just vibe with.’”
Tsarnaev was sentenced to death in June 2015. Prior to Judge George O’Toole passing sentence, Dhokhar gave the following address to the court:
“I would like to now apologize to the victims, to the survivors. I want to ask forgiveness of Allah and his creation. I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering that I have caused you, for the damage I have done – irreparable damage. In case there is any doubt, I am guilty of this attack, along with my brother.”
“When your name is mentioned all that will be remembered is the evil you have done,” Judge O’Toole responded.
Tsarnaev was being held in a prion in Florence, Colorado. One month after the trial, he was moved to the ADX supermax section of the prison, dubbed “The Alcatraz of the Rockies,” while his appeals are conducted. Cells in the prison are 87 square feet. Tsarnaev is kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.
ADX is the only federal supermax prison and houses Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, shoe bomber Richard Reid and 9/11 co-conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui as well.
He will eventually be moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, where federal death row inmates are executed.
In July 2016, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri warned of “grave consequences” for America if Tsarnaev was executed.