Nidal Malik Hasan, convicted in the Fort Hood shooting spree, has been sentenced to death.
A 13-member jury - made up of military officers - recommended the death sentence today - Wednesday, Aug. 28 - for the Army psychiatrist who went on shooting rampage in November 2009 at the Killeen Army base.
He was convicted on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder last week. It took jury less than three hours to deliver the guilty verdict.
The death penalty required a unanimous verdict, and the only other option would have been life in prison.
Hasan, a Virginia-born Muslim, said he was a "soldier of Allah,'' who deserved martyrdom. He served as an Army psychiatrist and
Following the verdict, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) reacted to the verdict.
"Our nation has awaited this decision for nearly four years, and I am glad the justice system rightfully found Hasan's crimes against America worthy of this sentence. I sincerely hope this brings some solace and a sense of justice to the victims and those affected by his evil actions. But there is still work to be done. It's past time for the Obama Administration to label this attack what it really is - a terrorist attack. Now, more than ever, the victims of this terrible tragedy deserve the federal benefits awarded to troops injured in combat situations as they continually struggle to make ends meet while paying for medical care out of their own pockets. I will continue supporting and pushing for the passage of several pieces of legislation in Congress that will provide the relief, benefits and honor the victims have long awaited."