Bergdahl faces possible life in prison

On Monday, at the start of the sentencing proceedings for determining the fate of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who could face life in prison after pleading guilty for deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of his fellow troops. The US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl had been escorted to the courthouse for the start of sentencing proceedings in his court martial at Fort Bragg, NC in the United States. The hearing at North Carolina's Fort Bragg is expected to include testimony from soldiers who were injured in the dangerous search for Bergdahl, who had walked off his combat outpost in the Paktika province he said that there were some critical problems in his chain of command.

Bowe Bergdahl, who is a 31 year old native of Idaho, was quickly captured by the Taliban. He spent the next five years suffering torture, abuse and neglect in captivity. A Taliban prisoner swap that won his own release in the year 2014 which was organized by the administration of the Democratic president at that time, Barack Obama was heavily criticized by the people in the military and by the Republicans as well. During the presidential campaign of the previous year, Donald Trump called Bowe Bergdahl a traitor and also said that he should have been executed at that time. The former Army Corporal Jonathan Morita stated on Sunday in a phone interview that he may testify this week before Army Judge Colonel Jeffery Nance about his injuries, including one to his hand during a search operation conducted in the year 2009.

Morita said that he believed Bowe Bergdahl should be dishonorably discharged and sentenced to as much as life in prison. The civilian defense attorney of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, Eugene Fidell and Franklin Rosenblatt who is the judge advocate of Bowe Bergdahl arrived together at the courthouse for the start of the sentencing proceedings in his court martial at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Morita clearly stated that all he hopes for is a fair sentence for all of his actions and the results that it created. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty on the 16th of October for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, with the latter offense carrying a great possibility of a life sentence. He entered a 'naked plea,' which basically means that he does not have an agreement about the terms of sentencing with the prosecutors.

November 23, 2017 - 09:40
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