VOA News – A U.S. military jury has sentenced an Army psychiatrist to death for intentionally killing 13 fellow soldiers in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.
Hasan, who says he “switched sides” in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was convicted of the premeditated murder of soldiers being readied for deployment to the two warfronts. He says he carried out the attack to prevent them from attacking Muslim insurgents overseas.
The Army prosecutor in the case, Colonel Mike Mulligan, urged the jury to give Hasan the death sentence for the assault, in which he wounded more than 30 others.
Mulligan told the jury Hasan “is not now and never will be a martyr. He is a criminal. He is a cold-blooded murderer.”
Hasan, representing himself, presented no defense and declined to testify himself. He acknowledged he was the shooter, and as the case neared completion, he told the jury, “I have no closing statement.”
His legal advisers at one point in the trial said the 42-year-old Hasan was doing so little to contest the charges because they believed he wanted to be convicted of premeditated murder so he could be sentenced to death. The same jury that sentenced him convicted him of all 45 charges he faced after hearing witnesses describe how he methodically fired at soldiers in a medical center at Fort Hood.
Hasan’s death sentence, which would be by lethal injection, triggers an automatic review that could take years and ultimately would have to be approved by the U.S. president before it could be carried out. As an alternative, the jury could have sent Hasan to prison for life.
Death sentences are rare in the U.S. military, with just five other prisoners on death row. The last American soldier executed was in 1961.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.
I don't agree with death penalty, I think a lifetime in prison and a lifetime of hard work is a much suitable punishment than death
I completely agree. Solitary confinement is one of the worst things I could think about
I think death penalty is a thing of the past and t's definitely not something that we should use as punishment in 2014! They say we have human rights and international law protecting us, but when they are actually needed, there's always a way toa vaoid them!
Life is marvellous and sacred! Nobody in the world has the right of taking it away from us, and I think a much suitable punishment for those on the death row would be a lifetime of hard work far away from family and friends
Well, what about the lives he took? Weren't they marvellous and sacred??
this is so unfair. Not even the meanest scariest criminal doesn't deserve to die. that man could be a loving father, husband and son. I'm not saying we should let them walk freely, but this definitely isn't the solution.
and those who died could be loving fathers, husbands, sons. an eye for an eye, that simple.
yeah, and also merciless killers. Doesn't that count for something too?
I'm sorry, but death row should be abolished. I don't care what you say….of course, every life is sacred, but we are not GOD!
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