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Verdict reached in marathon bombing penalty phase

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A jury has reached a decision on whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison or receive the death penalty.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says that court is set to reconvene at 3 p.m. to hear the decision.

Jurors deliberated Wednesday and Thursday without reaching a verdict.

The jury had to weigh any mitigating factors that Tsarnaev's lawyers say support their argument for life in prison against any aggravating factors that prosecutors say support their call for the death penalty.

Seventeen of the 30 charges Tsarnaev was convicted of carry the possibility of the death penalty.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two pressure-cooker bombs packed with shrapnel exploded near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was killed days later.

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