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www.wmfd.com - Survivors and family members of the victims have called Nidal Hasan a traitor, and as Andrew Spencer reports, a military jury has now recommended the death penalty for the Army major who killed more than a dozen soldiers at Ford Hood in 2009. }}" />

   
 
 
Fort Hood Victim Reaction To Nidal Hasan Sentencing

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  Original Published: 8/29/2013 Survivors and family members of the victims have called Nidal Hasan a traitor. Andrew Spencer reports a military jury has now recommended the death penalty for the Army major who killed more than a dozen soldiers at Ford Hood in 2009. The scars still weigh on the mind of retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford. Shot seven times by Major Nidal Hasan, he says the worst of his injuries is PTSD. "My loved ones have to be cognizant of how they approach me," he says. "And, I'm always looking for the threat that's gonna come, because I was caught by surprise, so that would never happen to me again." In 2009, Hasan opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. He killed 13 of them and injured 32 others, including Lunsford. "But at the enf of the day, I get a chance to get up out of this chair to walk out of this room, something he cannot do," says Lunsford. On Wednesday, a military jury recommended Hasan be put to death. After the ruling, the mother of one of Hasan's victims had a statement read on her behalf. "We have all heard Hasan believes, with the death penalty, he will be seen as a martyr, but I know and feel he is a coward, a traitor and a murderer." The results of the four-week court martial now go to an Army general, who will decide whether to uphold the verdict and the sentence, a process that could take months. Even then, Lunsford knows the execution may not come quickly. The last military execution was in 1961.
   
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