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Boston bombings suspect moved from hospital to prison

5:50 AM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was transferred to a Massachusetts prison Friday from the hospital where he had been held since his arrest by police a week ago.

"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," U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade said in a statement.

The 19-year-old's condition improved from serious to fair on Tuesday. But his injuries -- including a gunshot wound to the head and neck that could be self-inflicted -- were so severe he initially communicated with investigators in writing.

How long the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth student spends in a local lockup depends in large part on whether prosecutors decide to seek the death penalty -- a decision that is months away and will ultimately be made by Attorney General Eric Holder.

At a hospital court room hearing earlier this week, Tsarnaev showed little signs of fear or remorse and his heart monitor didn't register a blip when he was told he could be could be facing the death penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing case, according to a source familiar with the events inside the hospital room when he was read his rights.

FMC Devens is an administrative facility housing male offenders requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care, according to its website. It is approximately 39 miles west of Boston, on the decommissioned military base of Fort Devens.

Tracy Connor and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News

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