Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee and Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy reserve, issued the following statement on the sentencing of Bowe Bergdahl:
“Bowe Bergdahl deserted his unit and endangered the lives of his fellow soldiers. To receive a sentence of zero confinement will strike many Americans as an outrage and will lead many to question the efficacy of the military justice system. I’m disappointed in the sentence and do not think such a light sentence reflects the gravity of Bergdahl’s conduct.”
“Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who in 2009 walked off a U.S. military outpost in eastern Afghanistan and spent the next five years in enemy captivity, was sentenced Friday to a dishonorable discharge from the Army but will avoid prison time.
Bergdahl, 31, pleaded guilty in October to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and had faced a maximum life sentence. He appeared shaken before the judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, read his sentence, clenching his jaw as he’d done throughout the proceedings.
It’s unclear how Nance arrived at his decision. The judge made no remarks after making the announcement and promptly left the courtroom.”