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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Sen. Jim Inhofe and other elected officials react to Behenna parole decision

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Sen. Jim Inhofe and other elected officials react to the parole decision for Michael Behenna, of Edmond.
by Chris Casteel Published: February 12, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin: “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.

“I believe the Army acted appropriately and compassionately in offering him parole."

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa: “These past five years have been challenging and difficult for Michael and his loved ones, and I am glad to learn that Michael will soon be returning home to Oklahoma and be reunited with his family. ...

“Ultimately, the board's latest decision would not have been possible without the dedication and devotion of the Behenna family, their community and friends who remained vigilant throughout the process.”

Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City: “I am incredibly relieved that the Behenna Family will finally be reunited with their son, Michael, after more than five years apart.

“Vicki and Scott Behenna have worked tirelessly to support their son. ... I will continue to lift them in my prayers as they move forward with the next chapter of their lives.”

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore: “Today's news was a long time coming, but it now brings much-needed relief and joy for Michael Behenna, his family and his friends.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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