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

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

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 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The decision Monday by Gen. Robert B. Abrams, commander of Army Forces Command at...

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