Bergdahl Appears In Court With Life Sentence On The Line
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl allegedly left his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Now, one of the charges against him carries a sentence of life in prison.By Jamal Andress | September 17, 2015
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier accused of abandoning his unit in Afghanistan in 2009, is having an Article 32 hearing — that's the military equivalent of a preliminary hearing.
"Formally charged Sgt. Bergdahl ... with desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty," said Col. Daniel J.W. King at a press conference.
Bergdahl was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. If convicted of misbehavior, Bergdahl could face life in prison. The desertion charge carries a maximum of five years.