Thursday, April 23, 2015
Black Water Mercenaries Get Their Just Desserts
The jury in Washington had pronounced Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder, and the three other ex-security guards – Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard – were convicted of committing multiple counts of voluntary manslaughter. The trial centered on the killing of 14 Iraqis, and the wounding of 17 others. The four men were charged with a combined 33 counts in the shootings.
This month, Nicholas Slatten received a life sentence for murder. He was found to have fired the first shot, killing an Iraqi medical student driving with his mother, a dermatologist. Their car caught fire, and a grisly photograph of their charred remains was shown in court. The three others were sentenced to a mandatory 30 years in prison for using automatic weapons to commit a felony, plus one day for underlying manslaughter and attempted manslaughter convictions.