BREAKING: Judge rules on sentencing for Bowe Bergdahl

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A military judge ruled Friday that Bowe Bergdahl, the army soldier held captive by the Taliban after he deserted his Afghanistan outpost in 2009, will avoid jail time for charges of misbehavior and desertion and will be dishonorably discharged from the military.

The deserter’s rank will be reduced from sergeant to E1, and he is being required to pay a $1,000 fine out of his salary for the next 10 months, the judge ruled.

Bergdahl was released in May 2014 in a controversial exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.

He originally faced the possibility of life in prison, but the prosecution asked the judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, for a 14-year sentence. Bergdahl’s attorneys asked Col. Nance for a punishment of dishonorable discharge.

Bergdahl previously chose to be tried by a military judge instead of a jury.

 

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