Army Deserter Expected to Plead Guilty

Oct 7, 2017

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will likely plead guilty to charges of “desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.” The Obama administration was able to secure Bergdahl’s release after exchanging five Taliban commanders in 2014. The Army Sgt. claims he was held in brutal conditions. He claims he was “caged, kept in darkness, beaten and chained to a bed.” Bergdahl is facing five years on the desertion charge and life imprisonment for the charge of misbehavior before the enemy. The Sgt.’s defense attorney and the prosecutor both declined to say if “Bergdahl is planning to enter a guilty plea. “We continue to maintain careful respect for the military-judicial process, the rights of the accused and ensuring the case’s fairness and impartiality during this ongoing legal case,” Paul Boyce, an Army spokesman. The Taliban commanders are believed to have returned to active combat. If Bergdahl pleads guilty the soldiers who looked for him will be allowed to testify at his sentencing hearing. “The judge ruled a Navy SEAL and an Army National Guard sergeant wouldn’t have found themselves in separate firefights if they hadn’t been searching.”