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Former Army Lt. Michael Behenna Wins Parole, To Be Released

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Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna wins parole and is expected to be released next month, according to family. Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna wins parole and is expected to be released next month, according to family.
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An Edmond soldier serving time for murder wins parole and is expected to be released next month, according to family.

Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna is serving a 15-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth. Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone for killing an Iraqi civilian while fighting in Iraq in 2008.

7/6/2012 Related Story: Family Stands Behind Edmond Soldier Convicted Of Murder

Prosecutors have argued that Behenna killed the man by shooting him in the head, execution style. Behenna says he shot in self-defense.

Behenna's family has stood by him and now says he has won parole and will be released from Fort Leavenworth on March 14.

Governor Mary Fallin learned about Behenna's parole Wednesday morning and released the following statement:

"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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