After a long and protracted trial, Judge Denise Lind has handed down a sentence in the Bradley Manning case: 35 years and a dishonorable discharge.

Manning initially faced a maximum sentence of 135 years, which was reduced to 90 years when Manning was found not guilty of Espionage Act offenses and certain other charged were merged.  He has already served over 1000 days in prison, and his sentence will be reduced by 1,274 days.

The prosecution had asked for 60 years, arguing that Manning had betrayed his country and deserved no mercy from the court.  The defense urged the judge to give Manning a sentence that would allow him to have a life, saying he is a “young man capable of being redeemed” and the judge “should not throw this young man out for sixty years.”

Kevin Gosztola, who has been reporting on the case from Ft. Meade from the start, will have more shortly on The Dissenter and on FDL’s Bradley Manning page.