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Maj. Nidal Hasan sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting

  • A mirror is used on a vehicle at a security checkpoint to enter the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was convicted of killing 13 of his unarmed comrades in the deadliest attack ever on a U.S. military base. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    A mirror is used on a vehicle at a security checkpoint to enter the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was convicted of killing 13 of his unarmed comrades in the deadliest attack ever on a U.S. military base. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • In this courtroom sketch, Maj. Nidal Hasan, center, sits before the judge, U.S. Army Col. Tara Osborn, at the Lawrence William Judicial Center during the sentencing phase of his trial, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. The jury found Hasan unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder in the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, and he is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)

    In this courtroom sketch, Maj. Nidal Hasan, center, sits before the judge, U.S. Army Col. Tara Osborn, at the Lawrence William Judicial Center during the sentencing phase of his trial, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. The jury found Hasan unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder in the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, and he is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)

  • In this courtroom sketch, prosecutors Col. Mike Mulligan, left, makes his closing arguments at the Lawrence William Judicial Center during the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. The jury found Hasan unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder in the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, and he is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)

    In this courtroom sketch, prosecutors Col. Mike Mulligan, left, makes his closing arguments at the Lawrence William Judicial Center during the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. The jury found Hasan unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder in the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, and he is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)

  • A man is checked at a security point to enter the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was found unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder and is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    A man is checked at a security point to enter the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was found unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder and is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Defense attorney Lt. Col. Kris Poppe arrives at the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was convicted of killing 13 of his unarmed comrades in the deadliest attack ever on a U.S. military base. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Defense attorney Lt. Col. Kris Poppe arrives at the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was convicted of killing 13 of his unarmed comrades in the deadliest attack ever on a U.S. military base. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • An armed guard stands in front of the fortified   Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was found unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder and is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    An armed guard stands in front of the fortified Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was found unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder and is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • A driver gets the thumbs up at a security checkpoint to enter the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was found unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder and is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    A driver gets the thumbs up at a security checkpoint to enter the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was found unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder and is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • File - In this Aug. 23, 2013 file courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is shown as the guilty verdict is read at his court martial, in Fort Hood, Texas. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley, File)

    File - In this Aug. 23, 2013 file courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is shown as the guilty verdict is read at his court martial, in Fort Hood, Texas. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley, File)

  • FILE - This file combination image shows handout photos of the victims killed during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas. From top left, Michael Grant Cahill, 62, of Cameron, Texas; Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo, 52, of Woodbridge, Va.; Staff Sgt. Justin M. DeCrow, 32, of Evans, Ga.; Capt. John Gaffaney, 56, of San Diego, Calif.; Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, of Mountain City, Tenn.; Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, of Frederick, Okla., Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis.; Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah; Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolingbrook, Ill.; Capt. Russell Seager, 51, of Racine, Wis.; Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago; Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, of Havre de Grace, Md.; and Pfc. Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minn. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others.  (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - This file combination image shows handout photos of the victims killed during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas. From top left, Michael Grant Cahill, 62, of Cameron, Texas; Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo, 52, of Woodbridge, Va.; Staff Sgt. Justin M. DeCrow, 32, of Evans, Ga.; Capt. John Gaffaney, 56, of San Diego, Calif.; Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, of Mountain City, Tenn.; Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, of Frederick, Okla., Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis.; Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah; Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolingbrook, Ill.; Capt. Russell Seager, 51, of Racine, Wis.; Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago; Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, of Havre de Grace, Md.; and Pfc. Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minn. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. (AP Photo, File)

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department, File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department, File)

  • A mirror is used on a vehicle at a security checkpoint to enter the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was convicted of killing 13 of his unarmed comrades in the deadliest attack ever on a U.S. military base. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • In this courtroom sketch, Maj. Nidal Hasan, center, sits before the judge, U.S. Army Col. Tara Osborn, at the Lawrence William Judicial Center during the sentencing phase of his trial, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. The jury found Hasan unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder in the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, and he is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)
  • In this courtroom sketch, prosecutors Col. Mike Mulligan, left, makes his closing arguments at the Lawrence William Judicial Center during the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. The jury found Hasan unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder in the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, and he is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)
  • A man is checked at a security point to enter the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was found unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder and is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Defense attorney Lt. Col. Kris Poppe arrives at the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was convicted of killing 13 of his unarmed comrades in the deadliest attack ever on a U.S. military base. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • An armed guard stands in front of the fortified   Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was found unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder and is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • A driver gets the thumbs up at a security checkpoint to enter the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was found unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder and is eligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • File - In this Aug. 23, 2013 file courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is shown as the guilty verdict is read at his court martial, in Fort Hood, Texas. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley, File)
  • FILE - This file combination image shows handout photos of the victims killed during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas. From top left, Michael Grant Cahill, 62, of Cameron, Texas; Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo, 52, of Woodbridge, Va.; Staff Sgt. Justin M. DeCrow, 32, of Evans, Ga.; Capt. John Gaffaney, 56, of San Diego, Calif.; Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, of Mountain City, Tenn.; Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, of Frederick, Okla., Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis.; Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah; Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolingbrook, Ill.; Capt. Russell Seager, 51, of Racine, Wis.; Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago; Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, of Havre de Grace, Md.; and Pfc. Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minn. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others.  (AP Photo, File)
  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department, File)

A military jury yesterday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, handing the Army psychiatrist the ultimate punishment after a trial in which he seemed to be courting martyrdom by making almost no effort to defend himself.

The rare military death sentence came nearly four years after the attack that stunned even an Army hardened by more than a decade of constant war. Hasan walked into a medical building where soldiers were getting medical checkups, shouted “Allahu akbar” – Arabic for “God is great!” – and opened fire with a laser-sighted handgun. Thirteen people were killed.

Hasan, who said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression, had no visible reaction when the sentence was announced, staring first at the jury forewoman and then at the judge. Some victims’ relatives were in the courtroom but none showed any reaction, which the judge had warned against.

The American-born Muslim of Palestinian descent acted as his own attorney and never denied his actions at the huge Texas Army post. In opening statements, he told jurors that evidence would show he was the shooter and described himself as a soldier who had “switched sides.”

The same jurors who convicted Hasan last week deliberated the sentence for about two hours. They needed to agree unanimously on the death penalty. The only alternative was life in prison without parole.

Hasan could become the first American soldier executed in more than half a century. But because the military justice system requires a lengthy appeals process, years or even decades could pass before he is put to death.

Legacy Comments1

Obama says it must be called "workplace violence" - I say it was "Muslim terrorism" - who do you think is right?

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