President Donald Trump just shocked the nation with a major pardon decision.
The White House just confirmed that Trump has decided to pardon Michael Behenna, a former Army lieutenant convicted of killing a suspected Al Qaeda terrorist in 2009.
Behenna’s defense asserted that he acted out of self-defense, but the argument was rejected and he was sentenced to 25 years for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone.
Fox News reports that “The Army Clemency and Parole Board reduced his sentence to 15 years and paroled him in 2014, as soon as he was eligible.”
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter first requested a pardon on behalf of Behenna in February of 2018, and momentum has been building behind the movement since then.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders revealed that the President’s decision received “broad support” from officials and the public. The pardon was also endorsed by 37 generals and admirals.
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