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Jury convicts Hasan in Fort Hood shootings

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:05:21 AM EST   Updated On: Aug 23 2013 04:34:03 PM EDT
Judge delays Hasan's request to represent himself
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -

A jury has convicted the man charged in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.

Major Nidal Hasan was found guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder in the 2009 shootings at the military base.

From the beginning, Hasan admitted he was the shooter.

In the courtroom this week he said he turned his gun on his fellow soldiers. because they "were deploying soldiers engaged in an illegal war."

Hasan acted as his own defense attorney, but remained silent for most of the trial and made no closing statement.

The trial now moves to the sentencing phase.

Hasan has ties to our area and attended Virginia Tech.

The trial will now move the penalty phase, where Hasan faces a possible death sentence.

Howard Ray told The Associated Press on Friday that the verdict sends a message that the military "isn't going to mess with this kind of terrorism."

Ray, who lives in Rochelle, Texas, says Hasan fired several shots in his direction on Nov. 5, 2009, and missed him by inches. The 33-year-old suffered nightmares and anxiety for a year after the shooting.