Bowe Bergdahl avoids prison: Receives dishonorable discharge for desertion, misbehavior before enemy

A military judge ruled Friday that Bowe Bergdahl will not serve one day in prison. Bergdahl received a dishonorable discharge for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after abandoning his outpost in 2009.

The judge also ruled that Bergdahl's rank be reduced from sergeant to E1. Additionally, Bergdahl will be required to pay a $1,000 fine from his salary for the next 10 months.

In closing arguments, defense attorneys argued Bergdahl already suffered enough confinement during five years of brutal captivity by Taliban allies. They asked the judge to give their client a dishonorable discharge and no prison time. Their argument for leniency also cited harsh campaign-trail criticism by Donald Trump and Bergdahl’s mental disorders.

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