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Family surprised Okla. soldier's conviction upheld

Relatives of Okla. soldier surprised court upheld 2009 conviction for killing unarmed Iraqi By The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Relatives of an Oklahoma soldier convicted of killing an unarmed Iraqi prison detainee say they're surprised a military appeals court upheld his conviction.

The Oklahoman reports Saturday ( that Scott and Vicki Behenna said they will pursue all possible legal avenues to bring their son, Michael, home.

A military appeals court on Thursday narrowly rejected Michael Behenna's request to overturn his 2009 conviction for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone.

Prosecutors say Behenna shot the detainee execution-style after interrogating him at gunpoint about a 2008 roadside bombing that killed two men under Behenna's command.

Behenna's father says he is confident his son was acting in self-defense.

Behenna, who is from Edmond, Okla., is serving a 15-year prison sentence at a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

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