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Date decided for Bergdahl court-martial

Posted at 3:05 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 19:28:01-05

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- Officials at Fort Bragg have scheduled two weeks in August for the court-martial of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the court-martial is scheduled to begin Aug. 8 and last through Aug. 19.

Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years after he walked off a base in Afghanistan, was arraigned during a short hearing last month on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. If convicted of desertion, he could get up to five years in prison.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Tuesday before Army Judge Col. Jeffery R. Nance, who will preside over future hearings, including the court-martial.