Par­doned vet ini­tially didn’t take the call

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A for­mer U.S. soldier from Ok­la­homa who was par­doned this week for his 2009 con­vic­tion for killing an Iraqi pris­oner says he ini­tially didn’t an­swer the White House’s phone call to tell him of the par­don.

Michael Be­henna said Wed­nes­day that he was on the phone with his fa­ther when the call came and he didn’t rec­og­nize the num­ber. He says he re­turned the call when the voice­mail said Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was grant­ing him a par­don and wanted to speak to him.

Be­henna was con­victed of un­premed­i­tated mur­der in a combat zone in the 2008 killing of Ali Mansur Mo­hamed.

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