Fort Hood, TX — The Fort Hood gunman, former Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing 13 people, most of them unarmed soldiers, in a 2009 shooting rampage.
The jury of 13 retired military officers, which convicted Hasan of 45 counts of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder, deliberated for just over two hours on the sentence. They also dismissed Hasan from the Army and stripped him of his military pay.
Hasan will now be flown to the maximum security U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where Hasan will be placed on death row while awaiting lengthy, automatic appeals.
Legal experts say there will likely be years of appeals before Hasan would be put to death by lethal injection.
Hasan presented virtually no defense during his 12-day court-martial trial at Fort Hood in Texas — in a courtroom that is just a few miles from where the shooting rampage took place at an Army medical readiness center.
"He is not now and will never be a martyr. He is a criminal. He is a cold blooded murderer," Army prosecutor Col. Michael Mulligan said in closing arguments.
"Death. He was trained as a doctor to save lives, but on 5 November, he only dealt death. He dealt no compassion, he dealt no understanding, he dealt no exceptions. He only dealt death," Mulligan said.
All Hasan said in response was, "I have no closing statement."