No Prison Time For Bergdahl

Marsha Scott
November 6, 2017

The judge ordered Sergeant Bergdahl to be dishonourably discharged, his rank slashed to private, and that he pay a $10,000 fine, the Pentagon said.

Prosecutors were seeking a much harsher 14-year prison sentence for Bergdahl, saying that the prison term was justified based on the injuries sustained by service members who searched for the soldier.

The defense sought to counter that evidence with testimony about Bergdahls suffering as a captive, his contributions to military intelligence and survival training and his mental health problems.

While on the campaign trail a year ago, current US President Donald Trump called Bergdahl "a no-good traitor who should have been executed".

Bergdahl's civilian attorney - at a news conference after the sentence was announced, said, "Sgt. Bergdahl has looked forward to today for a long time".

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the Fort Bragg courtroom facility after his sentencing hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

Bergdahl had faced up to life in prison after pleading guilty to charges of desertion and endangering his fellow troops.

A punitive discharge deprives Bergdahl of most or all of his veterans' benefits.

"Sergeant Bergdahl does not have a monopoly on suffering as a result of his choices", said Major Justin Oshana, a prosecutor. He could have given him anything from no prison time to life in prison. They also said Bergdahl had suffered enough confinement during five years in Taliban captivity.

Bergdahl's defense lawyers twice tried to have the case dismissed over campaign trail comments from President Trump.

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