Judge reduces the sentences of 3 contractors in Iraq massacre
WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday greatly reduced the sentences of three former Blackwater security contractors in a complex case dating back to 2007.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Paul Slough to 15 years in prison, Evan Liberty to 14 years and Dustin Heard to 12 years and seven months. All three had received 30-year terms in a 2015 trial. A fourth defendant in the same trial, Nicholas Slatten, was sentenced to life in prison.
The case stems from a chaotic 2007 incident when the men’s Blackwater unit opened fire at a Baghdad traffic circle, killing 14 unarmed Iraqis and wounding 17.
The men all essentially blamed the fog of war, claiming they mistakenly believed they were under attack.