Edmond soldier released on parole returning to family

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 14, 2014

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 will be released from Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Friday morning.

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

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.

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