A couple of years ago a soldier from Oklahoma was locked up in Fort Leavenworth after being convicted of committing murder in a combat zone. Army 1stLt. Michael Behenna was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing an Iraqi while fighting in Iraq in 2008.
Prosecutors claimed that Lt. Behenna had executed an Iraqi civilian by shooting him in the head in the style of a gangland murder. However, Lt. Behenna has always claimed that the shooting was in self-defense.
Lt. Behenna’s ordeal is now almost over. He and his family learned this week that while he will not be pardoned for his crime – the parole board has decided to grant him his parole and release sometime next month. February 2014 will be his last month in prison, and his family and supporters couldn’t be happier.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) had this to say about Lt. Behenna’s parole,
“I am glad this long ordeal has finally come to an end for Michael Behenna and his family. Michael went to Iraq to serve his nation and to defend liberty both here and abroad. Instead, he found himself mourning the loss of his friends from the inside of a cell. I believe the Army acted appropriately and compassionately in offering him parole.” – Gov. Mary Fallin.
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