Judge Gives Final Verdict on Traitor Bowe Bergdahl

The final ruling of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been declared by Military Judge Col. Jeffery Nance and many Americans will not like it.

Nance ruled Bergdahl will serve no prison time after he deserted his post in Afghanistan and endangering his service members after they conducted search and rescue missions to find him.

Back in October Bergdahl pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy; being a ‘captive’ of the Taliban for five years. During this time 6 service members died in the search for Bergdahl.

The punishment for his actions are dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Military, lose rand and forfeit pay, as seen by the Associated Press reports below.

Via American Military News: He could have served a life sentence in prison. The prosecutors on Thursday said Bergdahl should receive 14 years in prison and a punitive discharge from the military, according to reports. Bergdahl’s defense attorneys argued in favor of leniency, and said he should receive a dishonorable discharge and no prison time – that he has faced enough punishment after five years of captivity, Stars and Stripes reported.

After Bergdahl left his post in 2009, he was held as a Taliban prisoner until 2014, when the Obama Administration was able to get him back to the United States through a prisoner swap. Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees. His sentencing hearings were held in military court at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and lasted several days.

Nance has said he would still be able to hand down a fair sentence, despite past and more recent comments made by President Donald Trump that Bergdahl was a “traitor.” Nance had delayed the start of the hearings by two days when the defense filed a last-minute motion over comments Trump had made in the past as a candidate, and again as President. The defense claimed Bergdahl would not receive a fair sentencing.

President Trump said Bergdahl was “a dirty rotten traitor” for abandoning his post and he should “face the death penalty” for endangering the lives of others.

Bergdahl’s lawyers tried to use Trump’s comments prior to the 2016 election to drop the charges against him, stating it was in violation of Bergdahl’s due process rights. The military judge in February, however, ruled against that.

 

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