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JUST IN: Judge Lets Bowe Bergdahl Walk - Sentences Him To No Prison Time

A judge has ruled Bowe Bergdahl will not go to prison after prosecutors asked for him to be sentenced to 14 years.

Fort Bragg, NC - Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance sentenced US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Friday, after he pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

The prosecutors asked that Bergdahl be sentenced to 14 years in prison, but Col. Nance sentenced him to no prison time.

As part of his sentence, Bergdahl's rank will be reduced from Sergeant to E1, according to CNN.

He will also be required to pay a $10,000 fine from his salary for the next 10 months, and be dishonorably discharged.

The charges stem from when Bergdahl deserted his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009. After he deserted, he was captured by the Taliban and held captive for over five years.

President Barack Obama secured his released in May 2014 by exchanging five Guantanamo Bay detainees for Bergdahl.

Sen. John McCain said that the detainees were "hardened terrorists who have the blood of Americans and countless Afghans on their hands."

After Bergdahl deserted, his platoon searched for him for weeks.

During the search, now-Retired Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer James Hatch testified that he was shot in the leg, and his K9 was shot and killed.

Hatch has since had to endure 18 surgeries for his wounds, and will deal with his injury for the rest of his life.

The light sentence comes after General Kenneth Dahl said that prison time would be "inappropriate" considering that Bergdahl had already spent five years being tortured by the Taliban.

Bergdahl's defense claims that he had an diagnosed mental illness, and should have never been in the US Army.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Charles Morgan diagnosed Bergdahl with schizotypal personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The defense also said that Bergdahl's willingness to cooperate with investigators warranted a lenient sentence.

Do you think that the sentence was appropriate? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

That "judge" and Bergdahl should BOTH be hung for treason! That kid in North Korea suffered torture, Bergdahl was right at home with the enemy!

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To bad our military has fallen to such a level to allow this. In 1973 you would of done very hard time. Personally, I believe that he should be exacuted for desertion. Now I can only pray that someone gets to him and tortures him slowly to death for the pain he caused the real soldiers that risked their lives looking for this piece of shit. Fuck his parents too for backing him.

What a travesty of justice!!! I don't give a damn about his "mental status". He walked away from his platoon, committing desertion. He's responsible for the deaths and injuries of members of his own platoon who risked their lives searching for him. This loser should have been executed, life in prison a minimum.

This man made a conscious decision 2 abandon his post and seek out the enemy there is no way this man was tortured for five years. They kept him alive because he was feeding them intelligence. He admitted to what he did for that judge to give him such a non sentence is unacceptable. That man is a deserter and a treasonist. He should be serving at least 25 to life in prison. He should not be allowed to remain in the military not one second more. It is a personal affront to every man and woman who has ever worn the uniform.

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No, I don't!! This man deserted his post, caused injury to his fellow men and aligned himself with the Taliban. I don't buy any of medical excuses and clearly feel Obama had his hand in this and we returned terrorist for him. Rotten deal all the way around. This man should be in prison for a very long time!!

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