Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion

US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion

A military prosecutor says he has made no agreement to limit punishment for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in return for the soldier's guilty pleas to charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the US Army.

Bergdahl pleaded guilty before a military judge in North Carolina, report the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press and CNN.

"At the time, I had no intention of causing search and recovery operations", Bergdahl said, but he added that now he does understand that his decision prompted efforts to find him.

"I understand leaving was against the law", he said. Despite his plea, the prosecution and defense have not agreed to a stipulation of facts in the case, according to one of his lawyers, Maj.

Six soldiers' deaths have been tied, either directly or indirectly, to the search for Bergdahl during his disappearance in Afghanistan, former unit members alleged.

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"We're exhausted of Sgt. Bergdahl, who's a traitor, a no-good traitor, who should have been executed", Trump said at a Las Vegas rally in 2015.

Trump described Bergdahl as a "dirty rotten traitor" during his presidential campaign, suggesting he should be executed.

"You know, it's just insulting frankly", Bergdahl told the interviewer. That signals there was no deal on sentencing, according to the wire service.

Trump had also called during his run for president for Bergdahl to be put to death for desertion.

Bergdahl had told investigators he left to report leadership problems to a base about 18 miles away.

While Berghdahl's pleas enable him to avoid a trial, he'll still face a sentencing hearing scheduled to begin October 23. That information was included in the hundreds of pages of documents that Bergdahl's defense team releases on a website called The Bergdahl Docket. However, what both parties can agree on is that the Taliban subsequently captured him and held him until 2014, at which point the Obama administration swapped five Taliban prisoners in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl's release.

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