US Army schedules hearing to consider Bergdahl guilty plea

16:52  12 october  2017
16:52  12 october  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Army has scheduled a hearing next week for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to enter an expected guilty plea to charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Army has scheduled a hearing next week for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to enter an expected guilty plea to charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Undated handout photo of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl © U.S. Army/AP Photo Undated handout photo of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl RALEIGH, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will appear before a judge next week to enter an expected guilty plea to charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009.

The Army announced that Bergdahl will appear before a judge at Fort Bragg on Monday to enter his plea. The news release did not elaborate on what his plea would entail.

But last week, two individuals with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press that Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. They were not authorized to discuss the case and demanded anonymity.

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Bergdahl expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The U.S. Army has scheduled a hearing next week for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to enter an expected guilty plea to charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Army has scheduled a hearing next week for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to enter an expected guilty plea to charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009.

It wasn't clear if Bergdahl has made a deal with prosecutors to limit his punishment. The misbehavior charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, while the desertion count is punishable by up to five years.

His trial had been scheduled to begin Oct. 23, but those dates are expected to be used for sentencing now.

News of the plea comes after several pretrial rulings against the defense by the judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance. Perhaps most significant was the judge's decision in June to allow evidence of serious wounds to service members who searched for Bergdahl at the sentencing phase, giving prosecutors leverage to pursue stiff punishment against him. The judge said in his ruling that a Navy SEAL and an Army National Guard sergeant wouldn't have wound up in separate firefights that left them wounded if they hadn't been searching for Bergdahl.

APNewsBreak: Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial

  APNewsBreak: Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said.Bergdahl's decision to plead guilty rather than face trial marks another twist in an eight-year drama that caused the nation to wrestle with difficult questions of loyalty, negotiating with hostage takers and America's commitment not to leave its troops behind. President Donald Trump has called Bergdahl a "no-good traitor" who "should have been executed.

Army schedules hearing to consider Bergdahl guilty plea .

Freed three years ago, Bergdahl had been scheduled for trial in late October. He had opted to let a judge rather than a military jury decide his fate, but a guilty plea later this month will Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pre-trial hearing at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in January 2016. Picture: AP.

The defense was also rebuffed in an effort to prove President Donald Trump had unfairly swayed the case with scathing criticism of Bergdahl, including suggestions of harsh punishment for him. The judge wrote in a February ruling that Trump's comments on the campaign trail were "disturbing and disappointing" but did not constitute unlawful command influence by the soon-to-be commander in chief.

Defense attorneys have acknowledged that Bergdahl, who's from Hailey, Idaho, walked off his base without authorization. Bergdahl himself told a general during a preliminary investigation that he left intending to cause alarm and draw attention to what he saw as problems with his unit. He was captured soon after and held by the Taliban and its allies.

But the defense team has argued that Bergdahl can't be held responsible for a long chain of events that included many decisions by others on how to conduct the searches.

The military probe of Bergdahl began soon after he was freed from captivity on May 31, 2014 in exchange for five Taliban prisoners. Former President Barack Obama was criticized by Republicans who claimed he jeopardized the nation's security with the trade.

Bergdahl has been assigned to desk duty at a Texas Army base pending the outcome of his legal case.

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