Ex-Blackwater worker gets prison for Afghan killing

June 28, 2011 01:12


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WASHINGTON - A former security contractor for Blackwater Worldwide was sentenced on Monday to 30 months in prison after being convicted of manslaughter for the death of an Afghan man in 2009 in Kabul.

Justin Cannon, 29, was sentenced by a Norfolk, Virginia, federal judge, who also included two years of probation.

He and a second contractor, Christopher Drotleff, were accused of shooting two Afghans in a car at an intersection and a man walking his dog. The passenger in the car and the passerby were both killed, and the other man was injured.

They were acquitted of more serious second-degree murder, assault and firearms charges. They were convicted only of involuntary manslaughter for the passenger in the vehicle.

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