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U.S. Soldier Sentenced to Death for 2003 Attack on Unit

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U.S. Soldier Sentenced to Death for 2003 Attack on Unit

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U.S. Soldier Sentenced to Death for 2003 Attack on Unit

U.S. Soldier Sentenced to Death for 2003 Attack on Unit

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A military jury in Fort Bragg, N.C., has sentenced Sgt. Hasan Akbar to death. Akbar was convicted last week of premeditated murder in a 2003 attack on his unit in Kuwait. Two officers were killed and 14 others wounded.

Correction Sept. 30, 2009

A version of this story broadcast Thursday incorrectly said this is the first time since 1966 that a U.S. service member has been sentenced to death. It was the first time since 1996.