>> US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Friday was spared prison time for endangering fellow troops when he deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009. But a military judge ordered he should be dishonorably discharged from the service. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and spent five years under brutal captivity.
He had faced up to life in prison after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Prosecutors wanted him to serve 14 years for the hardships and injuries endured by the soldiers who searched for him. Defense lawyers said after what he went through, he should be spared confinement.
His case made him a polarizing figure and a frequent target for then candidate Trump, who made it clear on the campaign trail what he thought Bergdahl's sentence should be.>> You know, the old days, boom, firing squad, no, it's true.>> And in response to Friday's sentence, the President tweeted quote the decision of Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our country and to our military.
The soldier also drew withering criticism for the 2014 Taliban prisoner swap, brokered by the Obama Administration that secured his release. Bergdahl said he just wanted to report problems in his unit. But apologized in court this week for the suffering he caused his comrades and admitted he had made, quote, a horrible mistake.