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Ex-Army Ranger Hopeful for a Trump Pardon After Murder Conviction

Ex-Army Ranger Hopeful for a Trump Pardon After Murder Conviction

1st Lt. Michael C. Behenna, left, and his defense attorney Capt. Tom Clark, right, in 2008. (Vanessa Gera/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 April 2019 04:31 PM

Former Army Ranger Michael Behenna is appealing to the government for a presidential pardon stemming from his unpremeditated murder conviction after he shot and killed an al-Qaeda suspect in Iraq.

According to The Washington Post, the 35-year-old Behenna is out of prison and working on his farm near Guthrie, Oklahoma. He will be freed from parole in 2024, and he said the usual pardon process would take place after his parole is complete.

In this case, however, the Justice Department has already begun considering Behenna's request.

"I am not expecting anything, because this is a lesson I learned years ago in my trial," Behenna told the Post. He said the pardon is "a way to ask for forgiveness from the country I fought for ... and a way for me to get justice for a trial that was unjust."

Behenna claims he shot and killed Ali Mansur in self-defense while he was interrogating him about his alleged role in a deadly bomb blast that killed two of Behenna's fellow soldiers. He stripped Mansur naked and was questioning him when he claimed Mansur threw a rock at him and was going for his gun.

Behenna drew his weapon and fired twice, killing Mansur. He left the body at the site of the interrogation, a railroad culvert, but it was discovered the following day and Behenna was arrested and charged with murder.

After serving five years behind bars at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Behenna was paroled. Now he's trying to clear his name. As the Post noted, the Trump administration is friendly to American service members who have been convicted of crimes.

Several officials have come forward in recent years to plea first for Behenna's release and later for his request to be pardoned by President Donald Trump.

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Former Army Ranger Michael Behenna is appealing to the government for a presidential pardon stemming from his unpremeditated murder conviction after he shot and killed an al-Qaeda suspect in Iraq.
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