Ex-Blackwater Guard Sentenced To Life For Iraq Killings

Law360 (August 14, 2019, 1:57 PM EDT) -- A former guard for private security firm Blackwater on Wednesday was hit with a life sentence for the killing of more than 30 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007.

U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth handed down the sentence after hearing for more than an hour from relatives, friends and former military colleagues of Nicholas Slatten, many of whom pled for leniency. Although their statements were "powerful," Judge Lambert said the court is in "full agreement that the defendant is guilty. ... This was murder."

"I reject the idea that I don't know what I'm doing or have an idea of what...

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