Michael Behenna Wiki
Michael Behenna is a former Army First Lieutenant from Oklahoma who was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a military court in 2009, for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone.
On Monday, May 6, Behenna was granted clemency from President Trump, per a press release from the White House. The press release reads,
Mr. Behenna’s case has attracted broad support from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public. Thirty-seven generals and admirals, along with a former Inspector General of the Department of Defense, signed a brief in support of Mr. Behenna’s self-defense claim. Numerous members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation, Oklahoma’s then-Governor Mary Fallin, and current Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter have also expressed support for Mr. Behenna. Further, while serving his sentence, Mr. Behenna was a model prisoner. In light of these facts, Mr. Behenna is entirely deserving of this Grant of Executive Clemency.
US Army Lt. Michael Behenna was supposed to transport Mansur back to his village. Instead the soldier stripped Mansur naked, interrogated him without authorization and then shot him twice, claiming he lunged for a gun. https://t.co/ueyn14Zi7U
— Josh Smith (@joshjonsmith) May 7, 2019
In honor of his past service to our Country, Navy Seal #EddieGallagher will soon be moved to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court. Process should move quickly! @foxandfriends @RepRalphNorman
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2019
Michael Behenna Biography, Age
Michael Behenna, 35, a former lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division from Oklahoma, was released from prison in 2014 after serving five years in jail.
Behenna was convicted in 2009 of unpremeditated murder for the death of Ali Mansur, an Iraqi who was suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda.
New: POTUS has granted a pardon to a former first lieutenant in the U.S. Army convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner. Michael Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone after killing a suspected al Qaeda terrorist in Iraq https://t.co/J7E5uy6K8M
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) May 7, 2019
Mansur was picked up by US troops following a bomb explosion that killed two members of Behenna’s unit but was released.
Behenna later conducted his own interrogation of Mansur and claimed at his trial that he killed him in self-defense.
In granting the pardon, the White House said Behenna’s case had “attracted broad support from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public.”
Hina Shamsi, director of the National Security Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, condemned the presidential pardon for Behenna.
“This pardon is a presidential endorsement of a murder that violated the military’s own code of justice,” Shamsi said in a statement.
Former @USArmy 1st Lt. Michael Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone after killing a suspected al-Qaida terrorist in Iraq. He was paroled in 2014 and had been scheduled to remain on parole until 2024. https://t.co/EWrxQsznXq
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) May 7, 2019
“The military appeals court found Behenna disobeyed orders, became the aggressor against his prisoner, and had no justification for killing a naked, unarmed Iraqi man in the desert, away from an actual battlefield.
“Trump, as commander-in-chief, and top military leaders should prevent war crimes, not endorse or excuse them,” Shamsi said.
10 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Behenna Deployed to Iraq in 2007, & Led an Infantry Platoon of 18 Men
- Behenna Attended the University of Central Oklahoma for College
- Behenna Reportedly Stripped Mansur Naked & Interrogated Him Without Authorization Before Killing Him
- Trump Voiced Support for Former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher in March
- The Michael Behenna Defense Fund Website Includes Photos, a Petition, Trial Documents
- In 2008, Behenna shot and killed Ali Mansur, an Iraqi man.
- An intelligence reportconfirmed that Mansur was an explosives transporter for an Al Qa’ida cell
- Behenna shot Mansur twice, once to the head, and once to the chest
- At his trial, he testified that Mansur tried to reach for his handgun, and he was acting in self-defense.