Friday Major Nidal Hasan was convicted of the murder of 13 unarmed soldiers at the Fort Hood military base, Texas, in 2009. Wednesday he was sentenced to death.
Major Hassan, 42, never denied that he was the shooter at the Fort Hood Texas army base in 2009. Friday he was found guilty of committing 13 premeditated murders and 32 premeditated attempted murders when he went on the killing spree at the camp. He faced either life in jail or a death sentence.
Media sources claimed he wanted to be a martyr and so would welcome a death sentence. Sky News reported Friday: The army psychiatrist [Hassan] could face the death penalty after military jurors reached unanimous verdicts on 13 counts of premeditated murder and also found him guilty of 32 counts of premeditated attempted murder.
The jury began hearing the "penalty phase" of the court martial on Monday, making a recommendation to the judge, who then determined the sentence. It is reported that the death sentece will be carried out by the administration of a lethal injection.
The death penalty could however be a long time coming. A series of appeals will follow and these could take years to complete. Military courts, and their justice, system are complicated and lengthy. Hassan will now be moved to the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
Today he had his last opportunity to address the jury and the court but he declined.
If the death sentence is carried out Hassan will be the first soldier in more than 50 years to be executed.