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Bowe Bergdahl arraigned at N.C. Army base

U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bergdahl leaves the courthouse Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, after his arraignment hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. (AP/The Fayetteville Observer / Andrew Craft)
U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bergdahl leaves the courthouse Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, after his arraignment hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. (AP/The Fayetteville Observer / Andrew Craft)

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, was arraigned today before a military judge on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The AP reports that the Hailey, Idaho man deferred entering a plea and did not decide whether he wants to face a court-martial with a jury or one with just a judge.

He said little beyond answering "yes" and "no" to questions about whether he understood his rights and the court proceedings, writes AP reporter Jonathan Drew in Fort Bragg, N.C. If convicted, Bergdahl could get life in prison on the misbehavior charge and up to five years for desertion. You can read Drew’s full report here.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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