On Friday, a military judge ruled against giving U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — who pleaded guilty to deserting the U.S. military in Afghanistan — prison time.
Bergdahl’s offenses carried the possibility of receiving a life sentence in prison, but the judge left him with a dishonorable discharge, according to CNN. The lead investigator in Bergdahl’s case, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, reportedly said after interviewing Bergdahl that a prison sentence would be “inappropriate.”
That punishment was the recommendation of Bergdahl’s attorneys who also asked the military judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, to grant Bergdahl leniency in sentencing because of his psychological problems.
Bergdahl, according to the defense team, warranted a lighter sentence for willingly cooperating and sharing information.
Prosecutors pushed for a tougher sentence, alleging that Bergdahl knew about the risks of deserting his fellow soldiers.
As Independent Journal Review previously reported, Bergdahl apologized to service members wounded while searching for him after he deserted in 2009.
“My words alone can’t take away their pain,” Bergdahl said.