Oklahoma AG urges presidential pardon for convicted soldier

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s attorney general is at the insistence of President Donald Trump for the issue of a waiver of the former US soldier who was convicted for the murder of an Iraqi prisoner.

Mike Hunter wrote a letter to the president expressing support for the former U.S. Army 1st Lt Michael Behenna, who was convicted in 2009 of unpremeditated murder in a war zone after the killing of an alleged Al-Qaeda terrorist in Iraq. Behenna was granted parole in 2014 after serving five years of his 15 year sentence.

Hunter argues that errors at Behenna’s court-martial affected his self-defense arguments, including that the events took place in a war zone while Behenna was an attempt to track down terrorists after an improvised explosive device killed two men in his unit.

Hunter says that without the pardon, Behenna punishment will remain outside the prison.

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