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Soldier Sentenced To Death For 2009 Fort Hood Shooting

Soldier sentenced to death for 2009 Fort Hood shooting

A military jury sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, which killed 13 people and wounded more than 30.

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.

The lead prosecutor assured jurors that Hasan would “never be a martyr” despite his attempt to tie the attack to religion.

The military called more than 90 witnesses during the trial and sentencing phase. Hasan never called witnesses or made a closing argument.

Photo: 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. (Brigitte Woosley, File / AP)

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