NY Times: Soldier who deserted to Canada draws 15-month term

…Mr. Long’s civilian lawyer, James M. Branum, said after the hearing that he would appeal the sentence.

“I felt he doesn’t deserve a day in prison,” Mr. Branum said. “Any jail time is unjust.”

Mr. Branum added that “he may have committed an illegal action, but morally he was right, and it meant a lot for him to say that to the Army.”

Karen Linne, a Fort Carson spokeswoman, said the Army had no comment. …