Martin Richard’s Parents: Give the Boston Bomber Life in Prison, Not the Death Penalty

Bill and Denise Richard have taken to the Boston Globe to state their view on the sentencing of the Boston Marathon bomber, who took their 8-year-old son Martin’s life (among other crimes):

“…now that the tireless and committed prosecution team has ensured that justice will be served, we urge the Department of Justice to bring the case to a close. We are in favor of and would support the Department of Justice in taking the death penalty off the table in exchange for the defendant spending the rest of his life in prison without any possibility of release and waiving all of his rights to appeal.

We understand all too well the heinousness and brutality of the crimes committed. We were there. We lived it. The defendant murdered our 8-year-old son, maimed our 7-year-old daughter, and stole part of our soul. We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives. We hope our two remaining children do not have to grow up with the lingering, painful reminder of what the defendant took from them, which years of appeals would undoubtedly bring.”

Their full letter can be viewed here. They make a compelling case for allowing this criminal to fade from the public spotlight in the obscurity of prison, where he must ponder his evil actions until the day he dies.