OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A former U.S. Army lieutenant from Oklahoma who was convicted of killing an Iraqi prisoner has been released from a military prison after he was granted parole.
Michael Behenna was released from Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Friday morning after serving five years of his 15-year sentence for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. His father, Scott Behenna, says Michael Behenna was welcomed by family and friends as he walked out of prison.
Behenna was convicted in 2009 in the death of an unarmed Iraqi man. Behenna said he acted in self-defense when the man reached for Behenna's handgun, but the Army said such an argument didn't stand up because Behenna was pointing his weapon at the prisoner.
The Army Clemency and Parole Board denied clemency but granted Behenna parole last month.