Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could face life in prison in desertion court-martial

December 15, 2015 2:48 AM

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A top Army commander unexpectedly ordered Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held in harsh captivity for five years by the Taliban, to face a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering other troops for walking away from his combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan in 2009.

The charges are severe enough that Bergdahl could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if he is convicted. The trial could begin by May, two years after he was handed over to U.S. forces in a controversial swap approved by the White House for five Taliban prisoners from the military prison a...

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