Oklahoma Attorney General asks for President Trump to pardon former Oklahoma soldier
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
Oklahoma's Atorney General has issued a letter asking for the pardon of a former Oklahoma soldier convicted of killing a man with suspected Al Qaeda ties in 2009.
Attorney General Mike Hunter has asked President Trump to pardon former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna. Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone following the killing of a man with suspected Al Qaeda ties while searching for those responsible for killing two men in his unit.
Behenna, an Edmond native, served five years of his 15-year sentence before being paroled in 2014.
“Michael Behenna was a courageous soldier, a great leader and does not deserve to be labeled a convicted felon for the rest of his life,” Hunter said. “He has more than paid for the crimes he was convicted of while bravely serving our country in combat. He and his family have gone through enough. I encourage President Trump to act quickly and compassionately by pardoning Behenna, to give him back the freedoms he deserves.”
Hunter's letter points out that errors were made during the original court-martial that negatively impacted Behenna's self defense argument.
“Does this situation – with incorrect jury instructions on a key issue and unlawfully withheld evidence – really display the type of justice we believe is appropriate for an otherwise outstanding soldier, who was attempting to protect his country and fellow soldiers from terror attacks?” Hunter said.
Read the full letter below: