Friday, November 3, 2017

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Given Dishonorable Discharge With No Prison Time For Disertion

I would imagine this is the best possible news for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, and found himself imprisoned by the Taliban for five years.

Today, a military judge sentenced Bergdahl with a dishonorable discharge but no prison time.

From NBC News:

Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, faced up to life in prison. Defense attorneys had asked for leniency, citing the five years Bergdahl spent in Taliban captivity, criticism from Donald Trump on the campaign trail, and his mental state.

But prosecutors hoped to prove that Bergdahl endangered his comrades by abandoning his post and called for a 14-year prison sentence.

The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, reduced Bergdahl's military grade to the lowest level in announcing his sentence. Bergdahl was nervous, clenching both hands as he left the court with his lawyers.

Soldiers, relatives of soldiers, experts, a psychiatrist, and Bergdahl himself testified during the sentencing hearing.

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