Col. Jeffery Nance, the military judge overseeing the court-martial, began deliberations just before noon Thursday. Court was recessed just before 5 p.m. without a decision.
Prosecutors asked that Bergdahl receive 14 years of confinement, demotion to the rank of E1 private and a punitive discharged. Prosecutors said the torture and beatings that Bergdahl endured as a prisoner of the Taliban for five years should be considered as the judge decides the sentence.
Defense lawyers asked the judge to consider a dishonorable discharge with no confinement.
Bergdahl pleaded guilty Oct. 16 without a plea agreement.
Earlier this week, Bergdahl gave unsworn testimony in which he apologized to the service members who searched for him. He said walking off post was a “horrible mistake.”
Bergdahl’s disappearance triggered extensive, hastily planned search missions, including two where service members were injured.
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