Locals at 2013 Boston Marathon react to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev death sentence

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Friday’s sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 was met with skepticism by Piedmont Triad residents there in Boston for the race.

Several believe it doesn’t bring finality to the case that a sentence of life in prison would.

“I think this is just a close to this chapter,” said Pat Hester, a Greensboro man who finished the race and was out of blast range when two pressure cooker bombs went off near the finish line. “I think this will go on for some time; and for the people who lost legs and arms it will go on forever.”

Three people were killed in the blasts and nearly 300 people were injured.

Hester said a life sentence would have been a more fitting punishment for the torment Tsarnaev and his brother created.

“He's not had to do anything to repay all the people that he's hurt,” said Hester.

Clark Doggett, of Summerfield, is another runner from the Piedmont Triad who didn’t get to finish the race in 2013.

He said with years of appeals ahead this is an issue that will continue to haunt the victims and the families of those lost.

“If he would have received the life sentence it would have just been put to rest,” said Doggett. “I just feel like the death penalty is the easy way out for him.”

Hester wonders if the death penalty will ever be executed with potential challenges to the verdict in the future.

“Overall I think this was the correct verdict; however, with the legal system, I think it will go through quite a few appeals and may never happen,” said Hester.

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