FORT HOOD (August 30, 2013)—Two days after a 13-member jury panel of Army officers sentenced him to death, former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan was en route Friday to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he’ll join five other men on the military’s death row.
Hasan was flown by helicopter Friday morning from the Bell County Jail, where he had been held since his release from the hospital after the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center that left 13 dead and more than 30 injured.
At Fort Hood he was placed on a military plane for the flight to Kansas.
It ‘s not clear whether the flight was direct.
Hasan was shot in the back during the shooting rampage, which left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Leavenworth is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations and inmates have access to military and civilian health professionals.
Death row inmates are segregated from the prison’s general population, media relations officer Kimberly Lewis said, and are subjected to the same standards and treatment as any other soldier, which means Hasan will have to shave his beard.
The convening authority, Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, must approve or can reduce Hasan’s death sentence, which is then subject to automatic appeal to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals and Court of Military Appeals.
The president must also approve the sentence before the execution can be carried out.
The military hasn't executed an active duty U.S. soldier since 1961.