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Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

Army sergeant held by the Taliban faces life in prison
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2015 1:22 PM CDT
Updated Mar 25, 2015 3:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – The US got Bowe Bergdahl released from five years of captivity in Afghanistan, but now it might imprison him for life back home. The Army today charged the 28-year-old sergeant with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, reports the Daily Beast. The first carries a five-year punishment, the latter a life sentence. If convicted on either, he also might have to forfeit any pay he received during his disappearance, reports the Washington Post. Bergdahl, who had reportedly been disillusioned with the US mission in Afghanistan, went missing from his US base in 2009 and ended up a Taliban prisoner until the US brokered his release last year.

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The case now goes to something called an Article 32 hearing, which the AP explains is the military equivalent of a grand jury. The hearing, which will help determine whether there's enough evidence to proceed to a court-martial, will be held at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas. Bergdahl has been on desk duty there since his release. (Read more Bowe Bergdahl stories.)

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