Nightly News   |  August 28, 2013

Ft. Hood shooter convicted and sentenced to die

Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, the admitted gunman in the Ft. Hood shooting rampage that killed 13, had no apparent reaction when his sentence was read. The victims’ families spoke afterward, with one family member saying “a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.” NBC’s Mark Potter reports.

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>>> in texas tonight, the death pennell for nidal hasan . he went on a deadly rampage at fort hood nearly four years ago, called the deadliest act of terrorism on american soil since 9/11. our report from texas.

>> reporter: it took nearly four years after the forthood shooting rampage, 13 wounded, 31 wounded for nidal hasan the convicted gunman to be convicted and sentenced to die. the panel ordered he be dismissed of the army and stripped of his pay. the decisions were unanimous as the sentence was read, hasan looked at the jury and judge, but had no apparent reactions. those would come from the victims' families who spoke after the sentencing. jolene lost her husband, when he was shot trying to stop hasan 's attack.

>> today a whagt been lifted off of my shoulder. he has been held accountable for his actions, and the panel gave him justice.

>> reporter: in arguing for the death sentence the prosecutor, colonel michael mulligan set up hasan an arm psychiatrists trained as a doctor to save lives. on 5 november he only dealt dealt. in the beginning of the trial hasan said he was at gunman. mulligan argued he not now and will never be a martyr. he is a criminal. a cold-blooded murderer. this woman lost her son in the shoot-out agrees.

>> anyone who would use their religion to commit acts of terrorism, there's no god except their own hatred and self-interest art expressing a similar thought to the jury saying you should not punish him for his religion. you should punish him for his hate. when asked if he would address the jury, hasan a acted as his own attorney said simply, i have no closing statement. now, officials say hasan will be transferred to the military prison at fort leavenworth , kansas, where he will likely spend years waiting out the more nan like i appeal. lester.

>> mark potter , thank you.