Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty of all 30 counts on Wednesday for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings. He was responsible for the two pressure cooker bombs that killed 3 people and injured about 264 others that occurred on April 15, 2013. His brother died in a shootout, while Dzhokhar tried to hid on a boat, where police found and arrested him four days later.
Next week, the jury must decide whether or not Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will get the death penalty, or spend the rest of his life in prison.
His mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, is pretty pissed about it. She sent a bizarre text message this week, ranting in Arabic about what she thinks of the recent verdict. The Daily Mail reported that she said “America is the real terrorist and everyone knows that.”
She defended her son, saying “America took my kids away from me. I’m sure my kids were not involved in anything,” and later stated “I will never forget it. May god bless those who helped my son. My son is the best of the best.”
Zubeidat Tsarnaev, a Russian-born Chechen, came to the United States in 2002. She became more religious over the years, as she began wearing a hijab a few years ago and became a 9/11 Truther who had a conspiracy theory that the government plotted the September 11th attacks as an excuse to go after Muslims.
Zubeidat has been in trouble with the law herself. She was arrested at a shopping mall in Natick, Massachusets back in 2012. She was accused of trying to shoplift $1,624 worth of women’s clothing from a Lord & Taylor department store. She fled the country to avoid attending court and facing charges.
The single mother’s two daughters have been in legal trouble as well. Ailina, 23, was charged with aggravated harassment in 2014 for threatening “to blow up her live-in lover’s baby mama,” the New York Post reported. The year before, she was released from jail without bail for passing counterfeit money.
Bella, a high school drop-out and single mother, was charged with marijuana possession and distribution in 2012. Instead of having a real job, she decided to sell drugs while her family received food stamps, Section 8 housing, and other welfare benefits.
Dzhokhar, who was 21 at the time of the bombings, was also selling drugs. As a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he failed several courses. Tamerlan, 26 at the time of his death, was a college drop-out and unemployed.
Zubeidat Tsarnaev has defended her sons before. Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, she told The Daily Telegraph:
“These are the children whom I brought up with dignity and whom I carried in my arms. And I am proud of what they are, and of what Dzhokhar is, because I believe they are innocent. I am not ashamed and I am ready to shout that to the whole world.”