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Officer sentenced in Iraqi shooting

March 01, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A military jury at Ft. Campbell sentenced an Army officer to 25 years in prison for shooting and killing an Iraqi detainee during an interrogation, a spokesman for the 101st Airborne Division said.

First Lt. Michael Behenna was convicted Friday of murder and assault but was acquitted of making a false statement.

He could have been sentenced to as long as life in prison on the murder conviction.

Behenna testified that he was trying to defend himself when he shot Ali Mansour Mohammed and that the detainee reached for his gun in a secluded railroad culvert near Baiji, Iraq, in May.

The 101st Airborne Division spokesman, Maj. Johnpaul Arnold, said the defense had filed a mistrial motion.

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