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March 16, 2014

Fighting for freedom: Former U.S. soldier paroled, released Friday

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NORMAN —

The jury did not get to hear MacDonell’s testimony that offered a different view of events.

Scott Behenna said when he first saw Michael outside the barracks walls Friday his thoughts went back to Michael’s parole hearing last month. Michael’s brother Brett, now an Oklahoma County assistant district attorney, handled much of the work. 

Scott said somebody must have said something or heard something that convinced them that Michael deserved to be freed.

“Today was a 180-degree turn from when they took him away,” Scott said. “Thank God. Thank God that this has happened.”

Vicki Behenna also thanked all the supporters who live across the country and in other countries. The family said at some point, after Michael has become a bit more acclimated, he will make a public thank you.

Behenna’s case, along with nine other soldiers incarcerated at Fort Leavenworth, has created national discussion about military prosecutions for acts committed while the nation was at war.

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