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Bowe Bergdahl court martial delayed until 2017

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FT. BRAGG, NC - DECEMBER 22: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (2nd R) of Hailey, Idaho, leaves a military courthouse with his attorney Lt. Col. Franklin Rosenblatt (L) on December 22, 2015 in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Bergdahl was arraigned on charges of desertion and endangering troops stemming from his decision to leave his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009. He was captured by the Taliban and spent five years in captivity before being freed in a prisoner exchange. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Judge Jeffery Nance has decided Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face court martial February 6, 2017, the judge announced Tuesday at a hearing at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina.

Bergdahl’s court martial for charges of desertion and endangering fellow soldiers was previously proposed for December but Nance had scheduling concerns.

Nance also directed the prosecution to establish a digital public reading room for unclassified documents in the case. The defense had previously established a public room for their documents.

Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held in captivity by the Taliban until May 2014.

The 30-year-old native of Hailey, Idaho, was held as a prisoner of war for five years until President Barack Obama freed five detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for his return.

By the time he faces court martial in February, the county will have a new Commander in Chief.

Bergdahl faces a life sentence if convicted of misbehavior before the enemy.