An Military decide dominated Friday that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl ought to serve no jail time for endangering comrades by strolling off his Afghanistan submit.
The decide additionally gave Bergdahl a dishonorable discharge, decreased his rank to non-public and stated he should forfeit pay equal to $1,000 per thirty days for 10 months. The decide made no different feedback.
In saying the punishment the army decide, Col. Jeffery Nance, rejected a prosecutor’s suggestion to condemn Bergdahl to 14 years confinement. Protection attorneys argued towards jail time, saying the soldier already suffered sufficient whereas in Taliban palms.
Bergdahl plead responsible to desertion and misbehavior earlier than the enemy and confronted a possible life sentence. Throughout a sentencing listening to, prosecutors argued Bergdahl’s actions prompted a determined manhunt that risked troopers lives and led to at the least three critical accidents.
The ruling brings an finish to a polarizing saga that started in 2009 with Bergdahl’s determination to stroll off a distant fight outpost in Afghanistan. He was shortly captured and endured 5 years of torture and mistreatment by the hands of the Taliban.
Protection attorneys described Bergdahl, 31, as a troubled younger man who suffered from a character dysfunction that made him vulnerable to grandiose fantasies and conspiracies and who was typically confused concerning the penalties of his actions.
“Sgt. Bergdahl has been punished sufficient,” Capt. Nina Banks, a protection lawyer, stated in closing arguments Thursday.
President Obama gained Bergdahl’s freedom in 2014 by agreeing to launch 5 Taliban militants from captivity in change for the soldier.
As a candidate, President Trump referred to as Bergdahl a “soiled rotten traitor.”
The sentence routinely goes for evaluate to the convening authority, Gen. Robert Abrams, who heads the U.S. Military Forces Command.
A punitive discharge might impression Bergdahl’s veterans’ advantages.
Throughout seven days of typically dramatic testimony, witnesses introduced the violence and chaos of the Afghan battlefield right into a sterile brick courtroom on the bottom right here, residence to airborne and particular forces.
Nobody disputed that Bergdahl endured brutal circumstances whereas in captivity, together with spending a lot of his time in a small metallic cage, the place his legs have been chained and he was recurrently crushed.
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