A day after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty against accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Gov. Deval Patrick reacted while making a stop in Westfield.
Patrick says he is opposed to the death penalty but supports the Justice Department's decision.
Patrick did serve as the head of the United States Justice Department's Civil Rights division.
He says this case warrants the death penalty.
"You saw what the extent of the devastation was, you saw. And I think frankly from what I know of the facts ... one way or another Tsarnaev is going to die in prison. And from what I can tell from the attorney general's decision, he's made a decision consistent with the law," Patrick said.
A trial date has not yet been set in the Boston Marathon bombing case.
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