Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who voluntarily left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 before being taken captive by the Taliban, is expected to plead guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior later this month. He will potentially face a dishonorable discharge from the Army, as well as up to five years for desertion, and anything up to and including a life sentence for misbehavior.
Bergdahl was in Taliban custody for nearly five years, where he reportedly suffered torture and mistreatment, prompting many in the United States to empathize with the soldier who was returned to the U.S. soil thanks to a prisoner exchange executed by the Obama Administration. In return for Bergdahl, President Obama released five high-level Taliban operatives that had been held in Guantanamo Bay.
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