After his conviction of 20 offenses last week, whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning faced a maximum of 136 years in jail.
However, now he is facing 90 years per a ruling by Col. Denise Lind, the judge in the case.
Kevin Gosztola, a journalist with FireDogLake.com, tweeted about Col. Lind's ruling today: "Defense motions for merging offenses for sentencing partly granted. Max punishment goes from 136 yrs to 90 yrs #Manning."
However, even a 90-year sentence would mean life in prison for Manning.
Manning was convicted last Tuesday for releasing thousands of classified U.S. files to the website WikiLeaks.
One of the files was a video that showed a U.S. helicopter fatally shooting several unarmed Reuters reporters.
Col. Lind will rule on Manning's final sentence after his court-martial concludes this summer.
The trial has been notorious for its numerous limitations on the press.