"I want to apologize for the attack that occurred. I felt that my life was in jeopardy, and I had no other options. I also want to ask you for forgiveness," Akbar told the jury before it deliberated in the sentencing phase.
The 15-person military jury, which last week took just two and a half hours to convict Akbar of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder, deliberated for about seven hours in the sentencing phase.
"He is a hate-filled, ideologically driven murderer," chief prosecutor Lt. Col. Michael Mulligan said. He added that Akbar wrote in his diary in 1997, "My life will not be complete unless America is destroyed."
If Akbar is executed, it would be by lethal injection. Why not just put him in a small room and throw a grenade in it while he is sleeping? This man committed the worst offense of any soldier, murder. They should not wait to execute him. The defense that he was mentally ill is a farse, anything to save a doomed man. It is not going to happen here. They prooved in court that it was premeditated.
Defense attorney Maj. David Coombs (after drinking the liberal Kool-aid) told jurors that a sentence of life without parole would allow Akbar to be treated for mental illness and possibly rehabilitated.
If given a death sentence, Hasan Akbar would join five others on the military's death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The last U.S. military execution was in 1961.
It has been almost 45 years, what are we waiting for?