TIME

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, spoke publicly for the first time in two years on Wednesday just before a judge sentenced him to death. The 21-year-old read from a prepared text—below, as recorded in a court transcript of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts—and apologized for the attack that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Here, his full remarks:

Thank you, your Honor, for giving me an opportunity to speak. I would like to begin in the name of Allah, the exalted and glorious, the most gracious, the most merciful, “Allah” among the most beautiful names. Any act that does not begin in the name of God is separate from goodness.

This is the blessed month of Ramadan, and it is the month of mercy from Allah to his creation, a month to ask forgiveness…

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