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My Turn 11-5
Deserter Bergdahl dodges prison
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Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl learned his fate Friday. That’s when Army Col. Judge Jeffery R. Nance ruled Bergdahl will be dishonorably discharged and busted from sergeant to private. The judge also ordered him to forfeit $1,000 of his pay per month for 10 months.Judge Nance rejected the request from Army prosecutors for him to sentence Bergdahl to 14 years in prison for “the hardships and injuries endured by service members who searched in vain for him” after he deserted.Bergdahl, 31, abandoned his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, thereby endangering his fellow soldiers.