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Published: Sun, November 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl receives zero jail time, dishonorable discharge

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl receives zero jail time, dishonorable discharge

Army Col. Judge Jeffery R. Nance said Bergdahl would be dishonorably discharged and that he would have his rank reduced.

They asked for a dishonorable discharge but no confinement as Bergdahl's sentence. As a presidential candidate, Trump called for the soldier to face stiff punishment.

Bergdahl spent five years in Taliban captivity after abandoning his post. "It should have maybe not been the life sentence, but it should have been something".

Defense attorneys argued for leniency by citing Bergahl's five years in Taliban captivity, harsh campaign-trail criticism by Donald Trump and his mental disorders.

President Trump tweeted Friday that a judge's decision to not give Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl any jail time for deserting his post is a "complete and total disgrace".

He plead guilty last month to charges of desertion and misbehaviors before the enemy.

Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America, a professor of practice at Arizona State University and chairman of the Global Special Operations Foundation. "Under this discharge, Bergdahl will not have access to any veteran benefits", the senator added.

Captain Nina Banks, a defence lawyer, said it would not be justice to rescue Bergdahl from the Taliban "only to place him in a cell" now. Now, Bergdahl has been sentenced and, contrary to Trump's wishes, he will not be given the death penalty.

Bergdahl "does not have a monopoly on suffering as a result of his choices", Maj. Mr Obama said at the time the U.S. does not leave its service members on the battlefield.

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