Bowe Bergdahl to Face Court-Martial, Potential Life Sentence

The Army sergeant left his unit's Afghanistan outpost and was held captive by the Taliban for the next five years.
1:42 | 12/15/15

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Transcript for Bowe Bergdahl to Face Court-Martial, Potential Life Sentence
The latest on Bowe bergdahl, the sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan, held captive by the Taliban for five years now facing a court-martial or desertion that could give him a life sentence behind bars. Reporter: Bowe bergdahl is facing a court-martial and potential life sentence this morning. The 29-year-old was held hostage by the Taliban for five years before being released in a high stakes prisoner swap last year. But now the American sergeant could be heading back behind bars for life, charged with desertion and misbehavior for endangering his fellow troops. A preliminary hearing had recommended a lesser court-martial that would limit prison time to just one year. In a terse statement bergdahl's lawyers said he hoped the case would not go in this direction. The decision comes as we're hearing directly from bergdahl for the first time. Good grief, I'm in over my head. Reporter: Explaining why he abandoned his remote base in Afghanistan in interviews broadcast by the hit podcast serial. All's I was seeing was basically leadership failure to the point that the lives of the guys standing next to me were literally in danger. Reporter: Bergdahl says he walked away to draw attention to these problems but he walked right into the arms of the Taliban. Critics say bergdahl should never have been traded for five Taliban detainees held in guantanamo but the white house stands by the decision. The commander in a chief feels a responsibility that we won't leave them behind. Reporter: No date set for his next court hearing currently at a base in San Antonio, Texas, assigned for a desk job for the past year.

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