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(BOSTON) — The defense began its arguments Monday to spare the life of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who was found guilty earlier this month of killing three people and wounding 260 others in April 2013.

With prosecutors having told jurors last week that Tsarnaev should be put to death for showing no remorse or compassion for his victims, the 21-year-old’s lawyers countered that he was the pawn of older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with police.

The defense repeatedly maintained if his brother hadn’t led the way, Tsarnaev would have never helped to plant two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

According to defense attorney David Brock, Tsarnaev had no choice but to follow the lead of his elder sibling because in Chechen culture if you turn your back on your older brother, you are no one.

Brock argued that a far worse punishment for Tsarnaev than death is life in prison without parole. He showed jurors an aerial photograph of a prison in Colorado that would turn Tsarnaev into a forgotten man, rather than being in the spotlight that the death penalty brings.

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