No prison time for Bowe Bergdahl

Bergdahl was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and fined $10,000 for deserting his post in Afghanistan.
2:16 | 11/04/17

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Also the president is expressing outrageous about the sentence for Bowe Bergdahl calling it a disgrace that the soldier turned captive will not be doing prison time. Gloria Riviera is in Washington with more on the judge's decision. Reporter: This morning, Bowe Bergdahl is a free man for the second time. These images showing his release in 2014 after five years held prisoner by the Taliban. His hollow haunted eyes blinking back the unfamiliar sun on Friday he avoided a prison sentence of 14 years for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Sergeant Bergdahl has looked forward to today for a long time. This has been a terrible ordeal. He's certainly glad it's over. Reporter: A military judge instead handing him a dishonorable discharge and $10,000 fine. Bergdahl told the court I understand leaving was against the law. I understand I endangered the safety of my platoon. Two soldiers were seriously wounded in the mission to find him. Sergeant mark Allen shot in the head. Jimmy hatch had his leg ripped apart by a bullet. Initial ily thought I'm dead. Reporter: In his interview Bergdahl said he was tore Tieu tured and confined to a cage after several attempts at escape. A cage that was welded together, about a seven-foot long by six foot wide. How long were you in there in second, third, fourth and into the fifth year. Reporter: President trump highly critical of Bergdahl while campaigning. He blasted the deal president Obama made. Five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Bergdahl. We got a no good traitor and they get the five people that they wanted for years and those people are now back on the battlefield trying to kill us. Reporter: On Twitter Friday the president calls the verdict a complete and total disgrace to our country and to our military. President trump's repeated condemnation of Bergdahl may have helped him avoid jail time. The judge called trump's disparaging remarks disturbing and said he might consider them mitigating evidence that didn't rule out a fair trial but may have eased sentencing. Bergdahl plans to appeal that dishonorable discharge. The president still speaking out about that. Gloria Riviera for us from Washington, thank you, Gloria.

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