(KILLEEN, Texas) — Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist whose shooting rampage at Fort Hood left 13 dead, will be sentenced on Monday, with a possible death sentence on the table.
Hasan was found guilty of all charges — including 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. The 42-year-old Muslim American initially intended to plead guilty to the killings, however, the military required he stand trial in order to be eligible for the death penalty.
Thirteen jurors will determine Hasan’s fate. If all 13 vote for execution, Hasan will be put to death; if any jurors dissent, he will spend life in prison.
The U.S. military spent about $5 million to ensure that Hasan would be eligible for the death sentence. No active member of the U.S. military has been executed since 1961. There are currently five inmates on the military’s death row.
Hasan admitted to entering a medical building at the base on Nov. 5, 2009, and opening fire on soldiers preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. He yelled “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great” before training a pistol with a laser sight on his victims, 12 of whom were soldiers.
Hasan was shot in the back when police officers responded. As a result, he is paralyzed and wheelchair bound.
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