Sentencing hearing to start in Bergdahl case

Cheryl Sanders
October 23, 2017

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will appear Monday before the judge deciding his punishment for endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

On Obama's action, President Donald Trump had heaped scorns during his election campaign and said that "dirty rotten traitor" should be executed.

The White House statement issued Friday doesn't mention Bergdahl by name.

Then-Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl conducted the probe into Bergdahl's case once he returned home three years ago.

Bergdahl says he never quite knew where he stood with the army as he performed "administrative duties" while awaiting his desertion trial.

He could face life in prison for his crimes. He will appear before a judge on October 23 to be sentenced.

While calling the wounded men "heroes", Bergdahl's lawyers have argued their client can't be blamed for a long chain of events that included decisions by others on the searches. Jonathan Morita, said in a phone interview after the plea hearing that he wasn't sure whether to feel happy about Bergdahl's admission of guilt.

He was turned back over to US custody in May 2014, but his case quickly became politicized over the five Taliban prisoners the Obama administration traded to get him back.

Evidence may be brought by prosecutors of Bergdahl's case that could include testimony by a Navy SEAL who was injured in one of the search missions.

"At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, 'I'm the guy who's gonna cut your throat.' Here, it could be the guy I pass in the corridor who's going to sign the paper that sends me away for life". The grenade didn't explode, but it shattered the bones in his hand.

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