Bowe Bergdahl acquitted of all charges

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PUBLISHED: 10/27/17 05:49 AM EDTUPDATED: 10/27/17 12:38 PM EDT
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In a surprising verdict by Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is acquitted of all charges for endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan.

Bergdahl faced up to life in prison after pleading guilty last week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Prosecutors made no deal to cap his punishment, so the judge had wide leeway to decide his sentence after hear all of the information presented by the prosecution.

In a statement, Army Sgt. Bergdahl had this to say, "I am glad to be finally do with this chapter in my life and cannot wait to finish my SSD 3 so I can go to the board."

Bergdahl, 31, from Hailey, Idaho, was captured soon after walking off his remote post in 2009. He has said he was caged, kept in darkness and beaten, and tried to escape more than a dozen times. He said his intention had been to alert other commanders to what he saw as problems with his unit. Still, when he pleaded guilty, he told the judge that his actions were inexcusable.

Sgt. Bergdahl is expected to complete 2 years worth of SHARP, EO, Information Assurance, Anti-Terrorism level 1, Composite Risk Management and GAT.

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