NEW YORK POST – BOB FREDERICKS
US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl got a huge break Friday when a federal judge spared the confessed deserter jail time and instead gave him a dishonorable discharge and a fine of $1,000 a month for the next 10 months.
The disgraced soldier, whose disappearance resulted in serious injuries to other military personnel who were searching for him, also was stripped of his rank by the judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance.
Bergdahl, who was held prisoner and tortured by the Taliban for five years after he walked away from his Afghanistan outpost in 2009, pleaded guilty last month to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
He was brought home by the Obama administration in May 2014 in a controversial exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.
He originally faced up to life in prison, but prosecutors asked for a sentence of just 14 years behind bars.
Bergdahl’s lawyers asked Nance to give him a dishonorable discharge.