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Posted: October 16, 2017

Former captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

Army Sergeant And Former Captive Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

FORT BRAGG, N.C. —

Army Sergeant and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to “desertion and misbehavior before the enemy” at a military hearing at Fort Bragg on Monday, according to CNN.

Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban. He was released in a 2014 prisoner exchange for five Taliban prisoners.

Bergdahl, 31, told the judge that he “left [his] observation post on [his] own.”

“I understand leaving was against the law,” he said.

But Bergdahl also said he deserted his post to try and reach his dispatch base to report a “critical problem in my chain of command,” CNN reported.

He didn’t say what the “critical problem” was.

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Bergdahl could get up to life in prison when he’s sentenced by the military judge.

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