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Ex-Blackwater Guard Gets Life in Prison for Baghdad Shooting

Monday, 13 April 2015 05:29 PM

A former Blackwater Worldwide guard convicted of murder for his role in the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle was sentenced to life in prison.

The massacre in Nisour Square inflamed anti-American sentiments and led to curbs on U.S. military contractors. The incident, along with the killings of 24 civilians at the city of Haditha and the abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison, were three of the most notorious incidents that stained the U.S. military’s record in Iraq.

Nicholas Slatten, 31, of Sparta, Tennessee, was convicted of murder by a federal jury of eight women and four men in Washington. Three of his co-workers were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 30 years and a day.

“These men have refused to accept any responsibility for their crimes,” prosecutor Patrick Martin told the court before U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth passed the sentences. They “repeated false narratives” and “pointed the fingers at others when they themselves are to blame.”

The cases are U.S. v. Slatten, 14-cr-00107, and U.S. v. Slough, 08-cr-00360, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).


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A former Blackwater Worldwide guard convicted of murder for his role in the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle was sentenced to life in prison.
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