Bowe to cop plea Mon­day

New York Post - - NEWS -

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will ap­pear be­fore a judge next week to en­ter an ex­pected guilty plea to charges that he en­dan­gered com­rades by walk­ing off his re­mote post in Afghanistan in 2009.

The Army an­nounced that Bergdahl will ap­pear be­fore a judge at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Mon­day to en­ter his plea. The news re­lease did not elab­o­rate on what his plea would en­tail.

But last week, two in­di­vid­u­als with knowl­edge of the case told The As­so­ci­ated Press that Bergdahl is ex­pected to plead guilty to de­ser­tion and mis­be­hav­ior be­fore the en­emy.

It wasn’t clear if Bergdahl has made a deal with pros­e­cu­tors to limit his pun­ish­ment. The mis­be­hav­ior charge car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of life in prison. The de­ser­tion count is pun­ish­able by up to five years.

His trial had been sched­uled to be­gin Oct. 23, but those dates are ex­pected to be used for sen­tenc­ing now.

BOWE BERGDAHL De­ser­tion charge.

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