Edmond Soldier Released From Ft. Leavenworth

Friday, March 14th 2014, 10:13 am
By: News 9

After five years in military prison, a former U.S. Army lieutenant from Oklahoma who was convicted of killing an Iraqi prisoner is returning home to his family.

Thirty-year-old Michael Behenna was granted parole in February after serving five years of his 15-year sentence for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. He was released from Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Friday morning and returned home.

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Behenna and his family were escorted from the Oklahoma state line to Edmond by Patriot Guard Riders and proceeded to a private family gathering.

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The Army Clemency and Parole Board in February denied Behenna's request for clemency but granted him parole. Col. David Patterson has said the decision was based on factors that includes a strong parole plan with family and community support.