Bergdahl Sentencing on Monday

Oct 23, 2017

Bowe Bergdahl is will be sentenced on Monday. The Army sergeant left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban and held captive for five years. Bergdahl entered a “naked plea” of guilty to “charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.” Such pleas can be “advantageous by allowing the defense to refrain from agreeing to certain facts that it might otherwise have to concede to under a plea agreement.” The sentencing hearing is anticipated to “feature dramatic testimony” from the soldiers and Navy SEAL who were badly injured in their attempt to locate and rescue Bergdahl. He faces a possible sentence of life in prison. The judge in the case will likely have to deal with comments made by President Trump during the campaign as a candidate and last week as commander in chief. The attorneys for Bergdahl plan to ask the judge for leniency in light of Bergdahl’s testimony that he “was caged, kept in darkness and beaten” while in the Taliban’s custody. He testified that he tried to escape “more than a dozen times.” When he entered a guilty plea, Bergdahl called his actions “very inexcusable.”