Lieutenant U.S. Army
ABOUT THE CASE
After the trial had concluded, the original 25 year sentence was reduced by 5 years by the commanding General of 101 st Airborne and the Army Clemency Board subsequently reduced the sentence by another 5 years.
On March 14 th , 2014, 1LT Behenna was paroled from U.S Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth Prison after serving 5 years of his 15 year sentence. Upon release, Behenna was escorted home to Oklahoma by dozens of Patriot Guard motorcycle riders.
During this 6-year period, UAP donated a sum of more than $43,000 to 1LT Behenna’s legal defense team.
On Jan. 17, 2018 Behenna filed a 10-page application with the U.S. Army seeking a pardon. On May 6, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for former Army First Lieutenant Michael Behenna of Oklahoma. The official statement from the Press Secretary regarding Michael Behenna continues to state his “case attracted support from the military, Oklahoma 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. Further, while serving his sentence, Mr. Behenna as a model prisoner. In light of these facts, Mr. Behenna is entirely deserving of this Grant of Executive Clemency.”