BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Boston Marathon bomber is suing the federal government for $250,000, alleging that he was mistreated at the supermax prison where he is serving a life sentence.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is currently being held at the Federal Correctional Complex Florence in Colorado.
The 27-year-old filed the lawsuit on Monday, accusing guards and the warden of confiscating a white baseball cap and bandana that he purchased at the prison commissary. He is also claiming they limited his access to showers.
During the investigation into the marathon bombings in 2013, authorities were searching for a suspect in a “white hat,” later identifying Tsarnaev fleeing the scene on surveillance footage.
In the eight-page claim he filed, Tsarnaev said the unit manager is “using her position of authority to discriminate against [him] and violate [his] right to fair and impartial treatment.”
He added that he believes she is “communicating with the victims in [his] case” and that incident has violated his rights, and resulted in his “mental and physical decline.”
Tsarvaev was convicted in April of 2015 for planting the bombs on Boylston Street with his older brother Tamerlan, as Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police three days after the 2013 bombing.
He was originally sentenced to death, but the ruling was removed last fall over concerns with the jury selection process.
Federal prosecutors are now urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, calling it one of the “most important terrorism prosecutions in our nation’s history.” The bombing claimed the lives of three people, and left over 260 others injured.
Written by Edyn Jensen
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