(The Oklahoman) The family of an Edmond soldier convicted in 2009 of murdering an Iraqi civilian said they are surprised and devastated by Thursday’s decision by a military appeals court to uphold his 15-year prison sentence.

At a news conference in downtown Oklahoma City on Friday, Scott and Vicki Behenna thanked supporters and said they will continue to pursue all possible legal avenues to bring their son home.

The news conference came a day after U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forced upheld 3-2 a lower court’s decision to convict 1st Lt. Michael Behenna on a charge of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone for his role in the death of suspected terrorist Ali Mansur.

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