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Fort Hood gunman will head to Fort Leavenworth

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 2:13 pm, Thu Jan 23, 2014.

TOPEKA, Kan. — The soldier sentenced to death for the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood will head to the military death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., officials said Wednesday.

Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was convicted of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others, would be taken back to a county jail and then transported on the first available military flight to Fort Leavenworth, officials said. The timing wasn’t immediately clear.

Fort Leavenworth’s U.S. Disciplinary Barracks is the military’s only maximum-security prison, housing inmates who are sentenced to at least 10 years in prison as well as death.

Hasan’s case is unusual given his physical condition and limitations. The Army psychiatrist was shot in the back during the shooting rampage and is paralyzed from the waist down. He is confined to a wheelchair and requires specialized care for his needs.

Kimberly Lewis, a spokeswoman for Fort Leavenworth, said the prison has a health clinic that is staffed with active duty military medical professionals and civil service medical professionals.

She declined to address specific medical needs that any one inmate would require or receive.

Routine medical care is managed through sick call and medical appointments throughout the week. She said specialty care is coordinated through scheduled appointments within the prison or through local hospitals and specialty clinics.

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