Bergdahl Will Not Serve Prison Time
Military judge Col. Jeffery Nance has ruled that Bowe Bergdahl, who received a dishonorable discharge for deserting his post (among other things) will not serve any jail time.
Bergdahl was also reduced in rank to E-1 and given a forfeiture of pay ($1,000 per month for the next 10 months). Among other things argued by defense attorney Capt. Nina Banks and her team during the trial were claims by the defense that he suffers from a “schizophrenia-like” ailment (schizotypal personality disorder), and assertions that the five years he spent in Taliban captivity were sufficient cause for leniency.
Several soldiers were killed or wounded during the search for Bergdahl in the first days after his desertion.
Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, was facing a penalty of up to life in prison.
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