U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl faces life in prison as sentencing hearing opens

Times of Oman - Sentencing proceedings start on Monday to determine the fate of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who could face life in prison after pleading guilty to deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops.

While the Army will focus on the damage caused by Bergdahl's actions, his attorneys are likely to present expert testimony about his suffering in captivity in hopes of securing a more lenient sentence, military law experts said.

"He will try to show that he was imprisoned under harsh conditions and was subjected to severe punishment," said Richard Rosen, a professor at Texas Tech University's law school.

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