^^I agree. He will probably linger on death row for a decade before his sentence is carried out however.
Maj. Nidal Malik
Hasan was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing 13 people and
wounding 32 others in a 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Tex., the
worst mass murder at a military installation in U.S. history.
Dressed in Army fatigues, Hasan, who turns 43 next month,
listened impassively as the death sentence was handed down by a panel of
13 senior military officers in a unanimous decision after less than two
hours of deliberations. If even a single panel member had objected,
Hasan would instead have been sentenced to life in prison. He also was
stripped of pay and other financial benefits, which he continued to
receive while in custody.
A military jury has convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan
in the deadly 2009 shooting rampage that killed 13 people and wounded
dozens more. The verdict makes the Army psychiatrist eligible for the
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan listened impassively as he was sentenced for killing 13 people and injuring 32.
No active-duty service member has been executed since 1961, and
legal experts said it will probably be many years, if ever, before the
sentence will be carried out. Hasan will be flown shortly to Fort
Leavenworth, Kan., where he will join five other inmates on military
death row, officials said.
In military cases, there are several
mandatory appeal stages and a military death sentence requires final
approval by the president, as commander in chief.
expected delays, survivors of the shooting welcomed the verdict.
According to news reports, Kathy Platoni, an Army reservist, said: “From
the bottom of my heart — he doesn’t deserve to live. I don’t know how
long it takes for a death sentence to be carried out, but the world will
be a better place without him.”
Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was found guilty this month
on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted
premeditated murder after opening fire Nov. 5, 2009, at Fort Hood’s
Soldier Readiness Processing Center, where troops were getting medical
checkups before deploying to Afghanistan.
Hasan, who was scheduled
to deploy to Afghanistan a few weeks later, shouted “Allahu akbar!”
meaning “God is great,” before targeting soldiers with a high-powered,
high-capacity handgun he had fitted with laser sights. He was
apprehended by military police officers after firing more than 200
Prosecutors aggressively pursued the death sentence during
the 22-day court-martial this month, calling more than 100 witnesses,
including 20 victims and relatives of the deceased to testify in a
courtroom just a few miles from the site of the shooting.
During two days of evidence ahead of his sentencing, they described, in often emotional testimony, their grief and suffering.
Sgt. Patrick Zeigler, who was shot four times and had more than 20
percent of his brain removed in surgery, told the court, “I was expected
to either die or remain in a vegetative state.” He said that his
personality has changed and that he is “a lot angrier, a lot darker than
I used to be.”
The father of a pregnant 21-year-old private from
Chicago, Francheska Velez, who was fatally shot as she pleaded for the
life of her baby, testified in Spanish that Hasan had “killed me
slowly.” Velez was one of three women killed in the shooting.
court heard that Hasan had carefully planned his attack, training at a
local firing range and researching jihad on his computer. The FBI and
Defense Department have drawn criticism for failing to prevent the
attack after missing a number of warning signs.
American-born Muslim, had exchanged e-mails with a leading al-Qaeda
figure in which he asked whether those attacking fellow soldiers were
martyrs. The e-mails were seen by the FBI. Hasan also once gave a
presentation to Army doctors discussing Islam and suicide bombers and
said Muslims should be allowed to leave the armed forces as
conscientious objectors to avoid “adverse events.”
Edited by Tbaby - Aug 29 2013 at 3:45am