Bergdahl ready to plead guilty

WASHINGTON — Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said.

Bergdahl’s decision to plead guilty rather than face trial marks another twist in an eight-year drama that caused the nation to wrestle with difficult questions of loyalty, negotiating with hostage takers, and America’s commitment not to leave its troops behind. Bergdahl could face up to five years on the desertion charge and a life sentence for misbehavior.