The Army on Thursday declined to reinstate the Special Forces designation of a decorated Green Beret who was charged with committing premeditated murder a decade ago while deployed in Afghanistan and received clemency from President Donald Trump in November, it said in a letter to his attorney obtained by NBC News.

Maj. Matt Golsteyn returned to the United States without having been charged after he was accused of killing an Afghan man while deployed in southern Afghanistan in 2010. He was charged after he admitted the killing during a polygraph exam for a job at the CIA. Golsteyn said he killed the man, alleged to have been a bomb maker for the Taliban, in an ambush.