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Blackwater Executives Get Slap on Wrist in 6-Year Criminal Case

“Former leaders of the security firm once known as Blackwater have avoided serious punishment following a plea deal with theĀ U.S. Department of Justice.


In 2010, federal prosecutors charged five ex-Blackwater executives with violating U.S. firearms laws, filing false statements and obstructing justice. The case grew out of the 2008 conviction of two former Blackwater employees who helped the Justice Department build its case.


But last week the government gave up on the case, and dropped all charges against three of the defendants. The two remaining defendants, Gary Jackson and William Mathews Jr., pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor weapons recordkeeping charge.


They were sentenced to three years probation, four months of house arrest, and a $5,000 fine….”

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