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Boston mayor hopes fed prosecutor ‘throws the book’ at suspect

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Boston Mayor Tom Menino on Sunday said he hoped that a federal prosecutor “throws the book” at the lone surviving suspect of the marathon bombings.

Asked if Dzokhar Tsarnaev should face the death penalty on federal charges even though capital punishment is not allowed in Massachusetts, Menino said he hoped for tough penalties.

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“These two individuals held this whole city hostage for five days,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “They should not do that -- that's what these terrorist events want to do, hold the city hostage and stop the economy of the city.  Look at with what happened on Friday, the whole city was on lockdown, no businesses open, nobody was leaving their homes.  There was no business being held at all.

“That’s what these events are about, stopping the economy of America.  And we have got to stop that,” he continued.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police on Friday and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured after a 19-hour manhunt that shut down much of the Boston area. Reports say prosecutors are readying charges against the surviving suspect.

Tsarnaev has been hospitalized in serious condition after being wounded in a shootout, and Mayor Menino said he was uncertain if police would ever be able to interrogate him.

“We don't know if we'll ever be able to question the individual,” he said.

The mayor said he believed the Boston bombing suspects were acting alone and had not planned any other attacks.

“All of the information that I have they acted alone, these two individuals, the brothers,” said Menino. 

“I'm not convinced at all that they were planning more attacks,” he later added.

Investigators are continuing to search for a motive that led the two brothers to set off bombs Monday targeting the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding dozens. 

“I think the older brother was really the leader, and the younger brother was, like you said, brainwashed by his brother, and he just was a follower,” said Menino.

Menino also defended the decision to lockdown much of the Boston region on Friday as police hunted for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying that it was necessary. 

“I had information that there was other things going on during the decision that was made.  And I agree with that decision at the time, because of the information we had,” he said. 

“At that time, we found a pipe bomb in another location in the city of Boston, another individual was taken into custody in another location.  So there was many activities going on,” said Menino.

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