Judge re­duces the sen­tences of 3 con­trac­tors in Iraq mas­sacre

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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