“We’re praying for a decision by Christmas.”
Almost 16 months ago Vicki Behenna from Edmond, Okl. told a Leavenworth audience about her soldier son’s plight and imprisonment at Ft. Leavenworth.
“We’re praying that Michael’s conviction will be reversed and he will join us home.”
Behenna’s prayer was not answered by Christmas last year. Her prayer was not answered this year.
Her son, Michael Behnna, will be spending another Christmas at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth.
Flashback from Christmas Eve 2010:
Appearing in video:
- Vicki and Scott Behenna, Edmond, Okla., parents of imprisoned soldier Michael Behenna:
Clemency, Appeal, Christmas 2010, Fight continues for justice. [Sept. 4 and Dec. 24, 2010]
- Joyce Kaufman, WFTL, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: Comments that disciplinary barracks should not be “home of the brave.” [Sept. 4, 2010]
- Larry Mendte, WPIX News, New York City perspective about Sept. 11, 2001. [Sept. 4, 2010]
- Melanie Dianiska, Charleston, S.C., mother of imprisoned soldier Corey Clagett. [Sept. 4, 2010]
Christmas Eve 2010 Article:
On Wednesday Vicki Behenna gave Kansas Watchdog an update on Michael’s case over the last year:
“Michael’s conviction was upheld by the Army Court of Appeals. They found no Brady violation occurred.”
“Michael’s lawyer has appealed his case to the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. We are waiting to hear if they will accept Michael’s case for review.”
“We have another clemency hearing for Michael on January 5, 2012. We will ask the Board to reduce Micheal’s sentence and ask for his release.”
“Our family will be with Michael on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day at Ft. Leavenworth. We will continue to fight for Michael’s right to a fair trial in the military justice system and pray that he will rejoin us soon.”
While President Obama formally marked the end of the Iraq War on Tuesday, a number of families of U.S. soldiers on Christmas must still wait for the return of their soldiers from that war — and the war in Afghanistan.
The war is not yet over for their soldiers, who are still at Ft. Leavenworth serving time for mistakes made trying to stay alive during military conflicts while serving the country.
- Obama formally marks end of Iraq War, USA Today, Dec. 20, 2011.
- U.S. soldiers home for Christmas — at the Army’s disciplinary barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas Watchdog, Dec. 24, 2010.
- “Leavenworth 10” families tell their stories, Kansas Watchdog, Sept. 5, 2010.
- “Leavenworth 10” Freedom Ride, Kansas Watchdog, Sept. 4, 2010.
[Retired Lt. Col Allen B. West interviewed at rally near end of video.]
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