"Soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting," is the AP report by Michael Graczyk and Nomaan Merchant.
A military court on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist a path to the martyrdom he appeared to crave in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.
The American-born Muslim, who has said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression, never denied being the gunman. In opening statements, he acknowledged to the jury that he pulled the trigger in a crowded waiting room where troops were getting final medical checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The same jurors who convicted Hasan last week had just two options: either agree unanimously that Hasan should die or watch the 42-year-old get an automatic sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole.
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.
"Fort Hood shooting jury recommends death penalty for Nidal Hasan," is Bill Mears' post at CNN.
A military jury unanimously recommended the death penalty Wednesday for convicted Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan for the 2009 massacre that left 13 people dead.
Earlier coverage of the Fort Hood trial begins at the link.