A jury of 13 high ranking military officers deliberated for seven hours before returning the unanimous verdict at his court martial. Hasan showed no emotional reaction when read the verdict and never denied his actions in opening fire in a waiting room full of unarmed soldiers preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Hasan stated he opened fire on the troops to protect Muslim insurgents abroad.
The court martial was never in doubt to return a conviction but more to ensure Hasan received the death penalty which the federal government has sought from the beginning. The next phase of the trial begins Monday and a unanimous vote must be returned to give the death penalty. If a unanimous vote is not returned, Hasan could spend the rest of his life in military prison.
During the testimony, witnesses stated they were in a waiting room of the base medical facility to receive medical clearance for deployment when a man dressed in Army camouflage scream ""Allahu akbar!" which is Arabic for "God is great!" and opened fire using a handgun with a laser sight.
Acting as his own attorney, Hasan testified he was the gunman and spent weeks planning the November 5, 2009 attack. He was adamant that his actions were not a sudden burst of anger or passion but there was adequate provocation for the shooting. He stated that the solders were about to deploy and engage in an illegal war.
The government never charged Hasan as a terrorist much to the chagrin of many victims and their families.
Today's verdict included convictions of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.
If Hasan received the death penalty, he will be sent to the military's death row where there are five other inmates.
The last American soldier to be executed was in 1961 when John Arthur Bennett was hanged at Leavenworth for the 1954 rape of a 12 year old girl in Austria.