Friday, August 23, 2013
Fort Leavenworth federal prison in Kansas could be the destination for another high-profile military defendant -- this time, the man convicted of the 2009 rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.
Jurors convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan of murder Friday for killing 13 people. He faces a possible death sentence or life in prison.
It's unclear whether he would serve his sentence at the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, the military's only maximum-security prison and home to its current five inmates given death sentences for their crimes.
Hasan's medical status may complicate where he serves his punishment. He was wounded in the 2009 incident and is paralyzed from the waist down.
The Army says the Leavenworth barracks can handle inmates with medical needs.
Earlier this week, military documents leaker Bradley Manning was convicted and taken to Leavenworth.
Maj. Nidal Hasan has been convicted of premeditated murder for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. That means he's now eligible for the death penalty.
Military jurors found the Army psychiatrist guilty on Friday for the attack that killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others at the Texas military base.
The trial now enters a penalty phase, where prosecutors will ask jurors to sentence Hasan to death.
Hasan is acting as his own attorney. But he didn't call witnesses or testify, and he questioned only three of prosecutors' nearly 90 witnesses.
Through media leaks and statements to the judge, the American-born Muslim signaled that he believed the attack was justified as a way to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.