Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Inmate Funds Should Go to Victims: Feds

The money in convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's inmate trust account should be used to help offset the millions of dollars he was ordered to pay to the victims of the 2013 bombing, federal prosecutors argued in a court filing Wednesday. Tsarnaev was convicted in 2015 of 30 charges resulting from the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

In 2016, Tsarnaev was ordered to pay more than $101 million in criminal restitution and a $3,000 special assessment. The filing said that Tsarnaev has since paid a little over $2,200, and all of that money went toward the special assessment.

According to reports, Tsarnaev had just over $3,885 in his inmate trust account as of December 22. The filing alleged that while he hasn't paid any restitution to the victims as he has been ordered to by the court, he has used his account to pay his siblings for things like "gifts," "support" and "books."

The U.S. attorney's office asked a judge in the Wednesday filing to order the Bureau of Prisons to turn over Tsarnaev's inmate account funds to the Clerk of the Court "as payment towards his outstanding criminal monetary penalties, including unpaid special assessment and restitution."

Federal prosecutors are also looking to have a $1,400 COVID-19 stimulus check that was sent to Tsarnaev during the pandemic turned over to the Clerk of the Court.

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The money in Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s inmate trust account should be used to help pay the millions of dollars he was ordered to pay his victims, federal prosecutors argued in a court filing Wednesday. Photo provided by FBI via Getty Images

In addition to the stimulus payment, Tsarnaev, who's being held at a maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado, has received money from dozens of sources during his incarceration, including the federal public defender's office and regular payments from individuals living in Indiana, New Jersey and Maryland, according to the filing by acting U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Nathaniel Mendell.

"The United States submits that the requested relief is reasonable and appropriate in this instance, especially in light of the defendant prioritizing payments to his siblings over the victims of his crimes," prosecutors wrote.

An email seeking comment was left with Tsarnaev's attorneys.

Tsarnaev was originally sentenced to death, but the federal appeals court in Boston threw out the death sentence in July 2020 because, it said, the judge at his trial did not do enough to ensure the jury would not be biased against him. He is currently serving a life sentence.

The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to reinstate Tsarnaev's death sentence. The high court heard arguments in October but has yet to rule.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted in 2015 of 30 charges resulting from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Pictured, Kevin Brown, 60, of Brockton, Massachusetts, observes a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. ET near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street, commemorating the two-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, on April 15, 2015 in Boston. Tim Bradbury/Getty Images