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Former Edmond soldier Michael Behenna released from custody

The family of a soldier from Edmond convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone says their son has been released from custody in Fort Leavenworth.

Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna's mother, Vicki, told FOX 25 that her son was released at 10:00 AM Friday. He arrived home in Edmond Friday afternoon.

The 30-year-old Edmond native was convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi man with al Qaida connections while questioning him. After serving five years of a 15-year sentence, he was granted parole in his first year of eligibility in February.

Vicki has spent nearly half a decade fighting for his release.

"You have hopes and dreams for your children," Vicki said in February, "and when they go through difficult times, you go through difficult times."

For five years, The Behennas never lost faith. After appealing the case through the court system, writing letters, and collecting signatures for petitions asking for clemency, Behenna called his family and told them the good news.

"I'm just so thankful he's going to be home," said Vicki in February.

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