Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will appear in court next week where he is expected to enter a guilty plea to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Bergdahl is expected to appear in court Monday on Fort Bragg to enter his plea, according to the Army.

Officials from the Army have not said what type of plea Bergdahl will enter, but people with knowledge of the case have told the Associated Press that he is expected to enter a guilty plea.

Bergdahl’s court-martial is slated to begin Oct. 23. He could face life imprisonment if convicted of misbehavior before the enemy.

Bergdahl was charged in 2015, more than a year following his release in a controversial prison exchange.

He is assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He is not in pretrial confinement or any form of arrest, according to U.S. Army Forces Command.

Bergdahl’s request for a hearing to enter a plea comes after several attempts by the defense to get the case dismissed based on disparaging comments then-candidate Donald Trump made about the soldier.

In interviews and town hall meetings, Trump repeatedly called Bergdahl a “traitor” and pantomimed an execution.

Defense lawyers have argued Bergdahl’s due process rights were violated, making it impossible to receive a fair trial.

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