He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole for capital murder, with 11 additional life sentences for the remaining charges against him plus an extra 180 years in prison by Pulaski County Judge Herbert Wright.
But prosecutors were forced to withdraw the death penalty for Muhammad to plead guilty to capital murder. Arkansas law requires a defendant to be tried if lethal injection is a sentencing option.
Muhammad had attempted to plead to capital murder during a pre-trial hearing, but he couldn't with prosecutors seeking the death penalty.
He was charged with killing Army Pvt. William Andrew Long and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula in 2009.
He confessed to the shootings, and admitted his deeds to the judge overseeing his case and to police. He said he was acting in retribution for the deaths of Muslims in U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More