Local Residents React To Hasan Death Sentence

Posted at 5:31 PM, Aug 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-28 18:31:09-04

Now that the jury panel in the Fort Hood shooting court martial has given Nidal Hasan the death penalty for the attack, some local community members are speaking out and giving their opinions on the sentence.

Although the death penalty is the highest form of punishment given in capital murder cases, many of those local residents around the Fort Hood area are voicing their thoughts and opinions on today's sentence and some are saying that by being put to death, Hasan is ultimately receiving the punishment he strived for all along.

"He himself wants to die because he knows that someone will have to take care of him the rest of his life, and I'm sure people in the military are not wanting to have to do that," Killeen resident Dorothy Joseph said.

Since Nidal Hasan will be put to death for the 2009 shooting rampage on post that killed 13 people and wounded dozens more, those residents are also breathing a sigh of relief now that this nearly 4 year process is coming to a close.

"It hasn't directly impacted me, but I've known some friends who were there and it was hard and we just wanted this to be over with for something to happen," former military member Michael Williams said.

It took 13 all-military senior officers to convict and sentence Hasan, and in order for him to have received that death sentence, all 13 jury panel members had to be unanimous in their verdict.

"Justice has been served as far as for the family's sake, but being military myself, I think we're giving him what he wanted, and my opinion, we should have just let him rot in jail," Williams said. "We're giving him what he asked for."

Hasan will next be sent to the Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas where he will spend the rest of his life until being put to death.