Boston bomber appeals death sentence, conviction

Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  in an undated FBI file handout photo.
Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in an undated FBI file handout photo.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday filed an appeal against his death sentence and conviction, handed down last year over one of the deadliest assaults on US soil since the 9/11 attacks.

The 22-year-old is currently behind bars in America's harshest maximum security prison, ADX Florence in Colorado, until he can be moved to federal death row.

In documents sent to the US federal court in Boston, his lawyers also appealed against a court's decision earlier this month denying his motion for a new trial.

A jury unanimously imposed the death sentence on May 15 after finding the US citizen guilty on all 30 counts related to the bombings, the subsequent murder of a police officer and other crimes carried out while on the run.

Three people, including a child, were killed and 264 others were wounded in the April 15, 2013 bombings that ripped through the finish line of Boston's marathon.

Tsarnaev apologised to his victims for the first time during a highly emotional court hearing on June 24 when a US federal judge formally imposed the death sentence on six counts related to the bombings.

The attacks were carried out by Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan, who was shot dead by police while on the run, leaving Dzhokhar to stand trial alone.