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The Latest: Bergdahl was 'gold mine' of information

United States Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's defense team, Lt. Col. Franklin Rosenblatt, Capt. Nina Banks and Eugene Fidell, arrive at the Fort Bragg courtroom facility for a sentencing hearing on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)
October 31, 2017 - 9:38 AM

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The Latest on the sentencing hearing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

Two military agents are testifying that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl helped them understand insurgents better and provided a "gold mine" of information after he was returned in a prisoner swap.

The agents were called by the defence to testify Tuesday at Bergdahl's sentencing hearing. He pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy for walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009. He faces life in prison.

The agents say the information that Bergdahl gave them will help train troops on how to survive future imprisonments. Bergdahl was held by the Taliban for five years.

Prosecutors have sought to show a military judge the severe wounds that troops suffered while searching for Bergdahl.

Bergdahl took the stand Monday and apologized to the wounded.

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3:50 p.m.

Gut-wrenching testimony at the sentencing of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will likely continue with officials who treated the soldier following his brutal five years of captivity by Taliban allies.

The defence began with Bergdahl himself describing his experience in enemy hands. And that served as a dramatic counterpoint to the emotional testimony of the final prosecution witness, Shannon Allen, whose husband can't speak and needs help with everyday tasks after being shot in the head while searching for Bergdahl in Afghanistan.

Bergdahl faces up to life in prison for endangering his comrades after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. He told the judge Monday he didn't mean to cause harm when he walked off his post in 2009.

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