1st Lieutenant has received a pardon from President Trump. Behenna was convicted of killing a suspected terrorist that killed two of his fellow soldiers.
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Using his executive authority, President Donald Trump has decided to pardon former 1st Lt. Michael Behenna over the killing of an al-Qaeda terrorist in 2008. Although Behenna had been ordered to capture the terrorist, Ali Mansu, and bring him back to face Iraqi justice, which is notoriously corrupt, he opted to take the man to a secluded spot and kill him. During his trial, Behenna claimed the captured terrorist tried to break free and attack him. Army investigators, however, found these claims to be unsubstantiated. Mansu was responsible for an improvised explosive device that killed two soldiers from Behenna’s platoon. In 2009, a general court-martial convicted Behenna and sentenced him to 25 years in prison for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone, according to Fox News. The Army Clemency and Parole Board, however, reduced the sentence to 15 years and gave him parole at the earliest opportunity in 2014. […] Read the full story at thenewsrep.com. Download our app as well, available on IOS x Android! . . . . . . . #NEWSREP #TheNewsREP #News #MilitaryNews #Military #RealNews #America #2A #Veterans #BusinessByStorm #OEF #OIF #SpecialOperations #Finance #CurrentEvents #Media #NoLies #Truth #AppleNews#Technology#BreakingNews#Daily#Like#Follow#Share
FoxNews reports that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited “broad support” for Michael Behenna, of Edmond, Okla., “from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public” — including 37 generals and admirals, along with a former Pentagon inspector general — as the reason for Trump’s clemency grant. Sanders also said Behenna had been a “model prisoner” while serving his sentence.
“In light of these facts, Mr. Behenna is entirely deserving of this Grant of Executive Clemency,” Sanders concluded.
A military court originally sentenced Behenna to 25 years for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. However, the Army’s highest appellate court noted concern about how the trial court had handled Behenna’s claim of self-defense, Sanders said. The Army Clemency and Parole Board reduced his sentence to 15 years and paroled him in 2014, as soon as he was eligible.
Behenna acknowledged during his 2008 trial that instead of taking prisoner Ali Mansur home as he was ordered, he took the man to a railroad culvert, stripped him, and then questioned him at gunpoint about a roadside bombing that had killed two members of Behenna’s platoon.
Behenna, who was 24 at the time, said he acted in self-defense when…