Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who triggered extensive search missions after he walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban, will serve no time in prison.
Col. Jeffery Nance, the military judge overseeing Bergdahl’s court-martial at Fort Bragg, announced the soldier’s sentence Friday morning.
Bergdahl stood between his lawyers, shaking, as his sentence was read in court.
Nance announced Bergdahl should receive a dishonorable discharge, be reduced in rank from E5 to E1 and forfeit pay of $1,000 a month for 10 months. He did not offer an explanation for his decision, but considered evidence from service members who were injured searching for Bergdahl, as well as the torture the soldier endured while held captive and harsh criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump.
The sentence must be approved by the convening authority, who is Gen. Robert Abrams, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg. He has 120 days to review the sentence.
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