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Fort Hood Shooter, Nidal Hasan 'Will Never Be A Martyr'

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows Maj. Nidal Hasan. Hasan has been convicted of murder for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. Hasan and many of his victims seem to want the same thing - his death. But while survivors and relatives of the dead view lethal injection as justice, the Army psychiatrist appears to see it as something else - martyrdom. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Departmen | AP

FORT HOOD, Texas — A military prosecutor says the Army psychiatrist who fatally shot 13 people at Fort Hood "will never be a martyr" and deserves to be executed.

Prosecutors asked jurors on Wednesday to hand down a rare military death sentence against Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Hasan was convicted last week for the 2009 attack that also wounded more than 30 people at the Texas military base.

Hasan, an American-born Muslim, has tried to justify the attack as an attempt to protect Taliban and Islamic leaders from U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hasan wasn't allowed to make those claims in court. But the lead prosecutor, Col. Mike Mulligan, addressed the claims on Wednesday.

Mulligan told jurors that a death sentence wouldn't be Hasan's gift to God, but rather "his debt to society."

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