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Bowe Bergdahl’s Sentence: No Prison Time

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (center) arrives during a troops courtroom trickery for a sentencing conference during Fort Bragg, N.C., on Friday.

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (center) arrives during a troops courtroom trickery for a sentencing conference during Fort Bragg, N.C., on Friday.

Gerry Broome/AP

Updated during 4:15 p.m. ET

A troops decider has ruled that Bowe Bergdahl, who has pleaded guilty to charges of abandonment and misconduct before a enemy, should offer no jail time.

During a conference Friday in Fort Bragg, N.C., Bergdahl was condemned to disgraceful discharge, damage of $1,000 in compensate per month and a rebate in arrange from sergeant to private, according to a matter from a Army.

The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, had far-reaching option in last a judgment for Bergdahl, who walked off his troops post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was hold by a Taliban for 5 years. He could have given him anything from no jail time to life in prison.

Prosecutors had been seeking 14 years in prison, while invulnerability lawyers had asked for no jail time and a disgraceful or bad control discharge.

“The decider didn’t explain his reasoning; he didn’t explain a mitigating factors,” NPR’s Frank Morris reported from a court.

The troops justice listened testimony from 3 stream and former use members who were bleeding while acid for Bergdahl. Prosecutors argued that he deserved a poignant jail judgment since those use members were harmed as a outcome of his actions; a invulnerability pronounced that he did not intend for anyone to get harm and that it was a Taliban that indeed harmed them.

In a twitter after a sentencing, President Trump said, “The preference on Sergeant Bergdahl is a finish and sum flaw to a Country and to a Military.”

Trump’s comments on Bergdahl have been a cause in a case. While on a debate trail, Trump regularly called Bergdahl a hypocrite and suggested that he should be executed. He highlighted those comments again during a new press briefing, on a same day that Bergdahl pleaded guilty to a charges.

That led Bergdahl’s invulnerability to record a suit to dismiss, observant that Trump’s remarks amounted to wrong authority influence. Nance eventually motionless that he wouldn’t chuck out a case, observant that he was “completely unaffected” by a remarks and would still be means to order fairly.

Bergdahl’s disgraceful liberate strips him of his veteran’s benefits. However, as Frank reported, that will automatically go to interest with another troops judge. That decider is means to lessen a existent sentence, Frank said, yet is not authorised to levy a harsher one.

“I was sitting in behind of Bowe Bergdahl. He was stressed, he mostly looks stressed though,” Frank said. “You could see a large capillary snaking opposite his temple. He was tremor a small bit after a judgment was announced.”

Bergdahl has been stationed during a bottom in San Antonio, and Frank says that now he has “a pursuit watchful for him during an animal preserve in San Antonio. …He’s warranted a repute as someone who is amazingly good with untamed cats.”