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Fort Hood shooting comes less than 5 years after attack

Apr. 2, 2014 - 08:54PM   |  
Nidal Hasan
Former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death in August for killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. (Bell County Sheriff's Department / AP file)
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Less than five years after an Army psychiatrist went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, the military base has been shaken by another shooting.

Nidal Hasan, convicted in the Nov. 5, 2009, tragedy that left 13 dead and 31 wounded, was sentenced to death by a military jury in August 2013.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty, saying Hasan’s murderous rampage at the sprawling military base was a tragic and devastating loss for victims and loved ones.

Hasan was convicted on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder. He appeared expressionless upon hearing the verdict, which came after less than two hours of deliberations.

While Hasan could be the first service member executed by the military since 1961, the appellate process could take years.

Family members of Hasan’s victims supported the sentence.

“Today a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders,” said Joleen Cahill, whose husband, Michael Cahill, had retired from the military and was working as a civilian employee at Fort Hood. He was killed when he tried to subdue Hasan. “The (jury) gave him justice, and I agree with that justice.”

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