MILITARY REPORT: Soldier's sentencing pending in desertion case

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - For five years, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was held captive by the Taliban after deserting his station on June 30, 2009.
Earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
His sentencing hearing was scheduled to resume today; and depending on the outcome, Bergdahl could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Julia Laude has more in this week's 'Military Report.'
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: His original intent on that day in 2009 was to travel to a neighboring military base to address issues within his unit.
In an interview with the London Sunday Times, Bergdahl talked about his experience.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl>>: "They don't just cut people's throats, they delight in cutting people's throats."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: In an exchange for the release of five Taliban prisoners, former President, Barack Obama, brought Bergdahl home.
But current President, Donald Trump doesn't have the same feelings.
He made disconcerting comments on the soldier before his presidency...
Donald Trump; President of the United States>>: "This dirty rotten traitor, he gets no jail time."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: ...and after.
Donald Trump; President of the United States>>: "I think people have heard my comments in the past."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: And because of these comments, that has also impacted Bergdahl's trail.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl>>: "People, who are to the point of saying, yeah just shoot him you can never convince those people to change their minds."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: If charged Bergdahl could see life in prison.
This is Julia Laude reporting.