The Army sergeant who pleaded guilty Monday to walking out on his military post, and is now facing life behind bars might never have done so if it weren’t for a Valley attorney getting a phone call from an insider asking for help two years ago.
Navy veteran Buddy Rake has spent the last 45 years as a trial attorney here in Phoenix, and the last two years fighting for a Navy SEAL whose story we might have never heard about.
“Everything was classified. Without Senior Chief Hatch going to Ft. Bragg and telling his story, we certainly wouldn’t be where we are today,” Rake said.
First, let’s take you back.
What most people know about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is how he came home in 2014 after five years in captivity after a controversial prisoner swap for five detainees from Guantanamo Bay.