Army Officer To Be Sentenced For Detainee Murder

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - A military jury in Kentucky will consider a sentence for an Army officer who was convicted of murder for shooting and killing an Iraqi detainee during an interrogation.

The military panel also found 1st Lt. Michael Behenna of Edmond, Okla., guilty of assault but acquitted him of making a false statement. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Saturday.

Behenna avoided conviction on the more serious offense of premeditated murder, which would have resulted in an automatic life sentence. He faces up to life in prison on the murder conviction.

Behenna has testified 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 Beiji, Iraq, last May.

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