A judge is deliberating the sentence for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
Col. Jeffery Nance, the military judge overseeing the court-martial, began deliberations just before noon Thursday. Court was recessed just before 5 p.m. without a decision.
Prosecutors asked that Bergdahl receive 14 years of confinement, demotion to the rank of E1 private and a punitive discharged. Prosecutors said the torture and beatings that Bergdahl endured as a prisoner of the Taliban for five years should be considered as the judge decides the sentence.
Defense lawyers asked the judge to consider a dishonorable discharge with no confinement.
Bergdahl pleaded guilty Oct. 16 without a plea agreement.
Earlier this week, Bergdahl gave unsworn testimony in which he apologized to the service members who searched for him. He said walking off post was a “horrible mistake.”
Bergdahl’s disappearance triggered extensive, hastily planned search missions, including two where service members were injured.
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