A Fort Hood soldier convicted of robbing and murdering two cab drivers and holding up a third was sentenced to death Monday by an Army court-martial.

If executed, Army Pvt. Dwight Jeffrey Loving, 20, of Rochester, N.Y., would become the first person put to death by the Army in more than 25 years, a Fort Hood spokesman said.The eight-member tribunal deliberated about five hours before returning the unanimous verdict on the death sentence shortly before 6 p.m. Monday in the court-martial of Loving.

Loving showed no emotion when the judge, Army Lt. Col. Stephen Faynisch, announced the sentence, but relatives of the two cab drivers, Army Pvt. Christopher Fay, 20, and Bobby Gene Sharbino, 44, both of Killeen, gasped and cried at the announcement.