United States soldier spared prison time for desertion

Judge rules no jail time for Bergdahl

Instead, he will be dishonorably discharged from the military, as reported by CNN, and his rank reduced from sergeant to private and he will be "required to pay a $1,000 fine from his salary for the next 10 months".

Prosecutors had been seeking 14 years in prison, while defense lawyers had asked for no prison time and a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge.

Nance ruled Bergdahl can get a fair trial despite Trump's comments, but said he would consider them as a mitigating factor in the sentencing.

The defence sought to counter that evidence with testimony about Bergdahl's suffering during his captivity, his contributions to military intelligence and survival instruction, and his mental health problems.

While campaigning for president, Trump repeatedly called Bergdahl a traitor who deserved serious punishment.

President Donald Trump tweeted that the sentence was "a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military". Bragg, North Carolina has ruled that Bowe Bergdahl won't be behind bars after pleading guilty to desertion and misconduct.


A punitive discharge deprives Bergdahl of most or all his veterans benefits.

Bergdahl "does not have a monopoly on suffering as a result of his choices", Maj.

At the time of Bergdahls release, Obama said the USA does not leave its service members on the battlefield.

"We're exhausted of Sgt. Bergdahl, who's a traitor, a no-good traitor, who should have been executed", Trump said at an October 2015 rally, for example.

During last year's presidential campaign Donald Trump said he believed Bergdahl should be put to death for abandoning his post in the war zone.

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