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Boston Marathon bombing suspect moved to federal medical center

April 26, 2013|By Michael Muskal
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged in the Boston Marathon bombings, has been moved from a Boston hospital to the Devens Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass., where this 2011 photo was taken.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged in the Boston Marathon bombings, has been moved… (Elise Amendola / Associated…)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged in the bombing of the Boston Marathon, has been moved from a civilian hospital to a medical facility run by the federal Bureau of Prisons.

In a statement emailed to reporters, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed Friday that Tsarnaev was moved overnight from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he has been receiving medical treatment.

“The U.S. Marshals Service confirms that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been transported from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is now confined at the Bureau of Prisons facility FMC Devens at Ft. Devens, Mass.,” according to the statement by Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade.

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Located approximately 39 miles west of Boston and 20 miles north of Worcester, Mass., the center is on the decommissioned military base of Ft. Devens.

According to its website, “The Federal Medical Center (FMC) Devens is an administrative facility housing male offenders requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care. FMC Devens also has a satellite camp housing minimum security male inmates.”

Tsarnaev, 19, is recovering from wounds he received during a shootout with police in Watertown, Mass., last week. He was wounded in the throat and elsewhere.

His brother, Tamerlan, 26, was killed during the shootout and Dzhokhar fled, officials said. Dzhokhar was captured on Friday while hiding a boat in the backyard of a house in Watertown.

Earlier this week, Tsarnaev was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, a federal charge that could bring the death penalty. He heard the charge while in the civilian hospital.

Officials say the brothers used explosive devices made from pressure cookers that were packed with metal shards. The two devices, which exploded about 100 yards apart along Boylston Street near the finish-line area of the marathon, killed three and injured more than 260 people.

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