Bergdahl’s crimes carried the chance of getting a life sentence in prison, but the judge left him with a dishonourable discharge, according to CNN. The lead investigator in Bergdahl’s case, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, reportedly said after procuring Bergdahl that a prison sentence would be “improper”

That punishment was that the recommendation of Bergdahl’s attorneys who also asked the military judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, to grant Bergdahl leniency in sentencing due to his psychological problems.

Bergdahl, according to the defence team, warranted a milder sentence for willingly cooperating and sharing info.

Prosecutors pushed for a tougher sentence, alleging that Bergdahl understood about the dangers of deserting his fellow soldiers.

As Independent Journal Review previously reported, Bergdahl apologized to service members wounded while hunting for him later he deserted in 2009.