Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will seek the death penalty in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man charged in connection to the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
"After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant's counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter," Holder said in a statement. "The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision."
The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with 30 counts, including killing four people and using weapons of mass destruction.
The twin bombs on April 15 also injured more than 250 people.