By JONATHAN DREW
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Emotional testimony is predicted Monday when the spouse of a critically wounded soldier takes the stand through the sentencing listening to for Military Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Prosecutors informed a decide that they intend to name Shannon Allen to the stand to debate a traumatic mind damage suffered by her husband when he was shot throughout a search mission for Bergdahl after he walked off his submit in Afghanistan in 2009.
Bergdahl has pleaded responsible to desertion and misbehavior earlier than the enemy. He faces as much as life in jail. Prosecutors are utilizing wounds to a number of service members who looked for Bergdahl as proof to persuade the decide that he deserves a stiff punishment. The sentencing listening to began final week.
Nationwide Guard Grasp Sgt. Mark Allen was on a mission with different U.S and Afghan troops to collect info in two villages in July 2009 once they have been ambushed by insurgents utilizing small arms, machine weapons and rocket propelled grenades.
Allen was trying to make a radio name when he was shot close to the temple. He suffered a traumatic mind damage that left him unable to talk, in want of a wheelchair and depending on help for such on a regular basis duties as getting away from bed.
Shannon Allen has declined interview requests, however the toll on her was evident the day Bergdahl pleaded responsible, as she sat weeping within the courtroom. She is likely one of the remaining prosecution witnesses earlier than the protection presents their very own.
Whereas Bergdahl acknowledged at his plea listening to that his actions triggered the search missions that resulted within the wounds, his legal professionals argue there is a restrict to his duty for a prolonged chain of occasions that features selections by the U.S. army commanders who led the searches in addition to enemy assaults.
Bergdahl, who suffered 5 years as captive of Taliban allies after abandoning his distant submit in 2009, made no cope with prosecutors to restrict his punishment, so the decide has broad leeway to find out his sentence.
The 31-yr-previous soldier from Hailey, Idaho, has stated he was caged by his captors, stored in darkness and crushed. He stated he tried to flee greater than a dozen occasions earlier than President Barack Obama introduced him residence in 2014 in a swap for 5 Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
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