Updated April 22 @ 4:20
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged in a criminal complaint and appeared before a federal magistrate who came to his bedside at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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(BOSTON) -- Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and in connection with the blasts that killed three and wounded at least 176 last week.
The charges were unsealed hours after Tsarnaev had his initial court appearance from his hospital bed.
The case being built against the 19-year-old college student includes one count of using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property. The Justice Department released a statement indicating that the charges could carry the death penalty or life in prison.
"Although our investigation is ongoing, today's charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston, and for our country," Attorney General Eric Holder said in the statement. "We will hold those who are responsible for these heinous acts accountable to the fullest extent of the law."
Tsarnaev is being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he is listed in serious but stable condition, with wounds to the neck and throat area, according to sources.
See the full criminal complaint here.
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