Maj Nidal Malik Hasan (42) was sentenced to death by a military jury on 28 August 2013 in connection with the mass shooting at Central Texas Army Post (Fort Hood shooting) in November 2009 in which 13 people were killed and more than 30 were injured.
Hasan an Army psychiatrist by profession was convicted for 13 premeditated murders by a jury of 13 officers, all of them were of Hasan’s rank or above him. The sentence was announced by the President of the jury and the highest ranking Juror. The jury’s vote for death was unanimous.
The decision of the Jury came after Hasan admitted for the shooting and confessed that after getting disillusioned with the military he became a Muslim guerrilla fighter. He admitted for the killings on 6 August 2013 at the time of his Court Martial.
The decision will put to an action only after being approved by the general at Ft. Hood who convened the court martial. But his sentence will be appealed in the Higher Courts automatically.
History: Since 1961 due to lengthy appeal process no military row inmate has been executed in Texas.
About Fort Hood shooting
The Fort Hood shooting was a Jihadist mass murder that took place on 5 November 2009, at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas. Although termed as a Terrorist attack by many, the shooting was classified as an act of workplace violence by the Department of Defense and federal law enforcement agencies.