Life After Leavenworth

Former U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant and Edmond native Michael Behenna has been the subject of intense media scrutiny since he was first charged and convicted of premeditated murder of an Iraqi insurgent with ties to Al-Qaeda. He was sentenced to a 25-year sentence, which was later reduced to 15 years. Behenna served five years at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth before being released this year. For Behenna, his parole represents a second chance at civilian life and an opportunity to reconnect with his Oklahoma roots. While his story is one of military service, perseverance and redemption, he is ready to return to a quiet, civilian life.

Behenna felt the call to military service after the September 11th terrorist attacks. “I wanted to serve my country and knew that President Bush was going to invade Iraq. My mind set at the time was I wanted to go help as soon as possible,” Behenna explained. He attended Edmond North High School and the University of Central Oklahoma. He participated in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) while attending UCO.

After completing ROTC training, Behenna attended Infantry Officer Training and was select