Timeline: Michael Behenna case

A timeline of events in the Michael Behenna case. Behenna, of Edmond, was granted parole on Wednesday
by Chris Casteel Published: February 12, 2014
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September 2007

Army Ranger and 1st Lt. Michael Behenna deployed to Iraq

April 2008

Improvised explosive device killed two of Behenna's platoon members and two Iraqi citizens

May 2008

Behenna took Iraqi man Ali Mansur to remote area to question him at gunpoint about IED attack and shot him

July 2008

Army charged Behenna with premeditated murder, claiming he executed Mansur

February 2009

At his trial at Fort Campbell, Ky., Behenna said Mansur reached for his gun and that he shot him twice in self-defense; Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone and assault and given a 25-year sentence; the convening authority, the official in charge of the court-martial, reduced the sentence to 20 years

January 2010

U.S. Army Clemency and Parole Board reduced Behenna's sentence to 15 years

July 2011


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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