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Bowe Bergdahl sentencing: no prison time, dishonorable discharge




U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bowdrie
U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bowdrie "Bowe" Bergdahl is transported from the Ft. Bragg military courthouse after the prosecution and defense rested during his sentencing proceedings on November 2, 2017 in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
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A military judge has found that Bowe Bergdahl should serve no prison time for endangering his comrades by walking off his Afghanistan post.

The judge also gave Bergdahl a dishonorable discharge, reduced his rank to private and said he must forfeit pay equal to $1,000 per month for 10 months. The judge made no other comments.
Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and had faced up to life in prison. The judge had wide leeway because Bergdahl made no deal with prosecutors to limit his sentence.
Prosecutors had sought stiff punishment because of wounds to service members who searched for Bergdahl after he disappeared in 2009. He was held captive by Taliban allies for five years.

The defense sought to counter that evidence with testimony about Bergdahl's suffering during five years as a captive of Taliban allies, his contributions to military intelligence and survival instruction and his mental health problems.

With files taken from the Associated Press.

Guest:

Rachel VanLandingham, retired lieutenant colonel; former judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force (USAF); she is currently an associate professor of law at Southwestern Law School. She tweets @rachelv12



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