The court-martial panel in the capital case of United States v. Hennis recessed at 1740 without reaching a sentence, as reported in this AP article.
The members also asked an interesting question: whether Hennis would be eligible for parole if sentenced to life instead of death. AP reports that “Judge Col. Patrick Parrish told the jury that ‘life means life,’ and reminded jurors of his instructions to impose a sentence they view as fair.” Of course, the actual answer to the question is yes, since the offense occurred before Congress established the punishment of LWOP in 1997, he would be eligible for parole if sentenced to confinement for life.
The WRAL report to which we linked earlier got that wrong. That piece erroneously reported: “If they do not unanimously agree on the death penalty, Hennis will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.”