East Tennessee runners pleased with Boston Marathon bombing verdict

KINGSTON (WATE) – Runners from East Tennessee who participated in the 2013 Boston Marathon are pleased with Wednesday’s verdict. A jury unanimously found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all charges.

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Tara Stockton was one of the thousands running in the marathon nearly two years ago. Never did she imagine that she would be roughly half a mile from where the bombings would happen.

Stockton hopes there can be some closure for the families affected.

Tara Stockton
Tara Stockton

“It’s one of those things that you always want justice to happen, and this is one of those cases that it absolutely did and it was a great feeling,” said Stockton.

While she told WATE 6 On Your Side that she’ll never forget what happened in Boston, she said it hasn’t kept her from walking or running.

“The fear’s not there, but you don’t forget,” said Stockton.

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It’s a thought that still runs in Jim Stringham’s mind, too. He had already finished the marathon when the bombings happened. Stringham says he’s pleased with the jury’s decision.

“Well he was obviously guilty. He admitted his guilt. I think the most important thing is going to be what they’re going to do with the sentencing,” said Stringham.

Jim Stringham
Jim Stringham

Both Stringham and Stockton said they went back to Boston last year for the marathon and were surprised at how much the city healed.

“To give the city of Boston credit, the next year it went off like nothing ever happened. The terrorists didn’t win and I think Boston deserves a lot of credit for that,” said Stringham.

Tsarnaev could face the death penalty. Sentencing will start early next week, according to the judge.

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