Presidential pardon requested for Army officer convicted of killing suspected al-Qaida terrorist

Mike Hunter, Oklahoma’s attorney general, is asking President Trump again to consider a pardon for a former U.S. soldier from Oklahoma convicted of killing an Iraqi prisoner.

Hunter is asking for a second pardon consideration for Army Lt. Michael Behenna after first requesting one in February 2018.

“Behenna was convicted in 2009 of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone after killing a suspected al-Qaida terrorist,” according to the Associated Press.

In 2014, he was paroled but remains on parole until 2024.

On Monday, Hunter penned letters to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and President Trump, saying “Department of Justice regulations that prohibit anyone on parole from applying for a pardon “unduly restrict” the president’s constitutional power to grant pardons,” according to the AP.

Hunter cites Behenna’s conviction being unjustified due to erroneous jury instructions and prosecutors failing to turn over evidence supporting a self-defense claim.

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