2nd ex-Blackwater worker Justin Cannon gets 30 months for manslaughter
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 27, 2011
by Bill Sizemore at The Virginian Pilot June 27, 2011
A second former Blackwater contractor was sentenced to prison for involuntary manslaughter today in the 2009 shooting death of a civilian in Afghanistan.
Justin Cannon of Corpus Christi, Texas, was sentenced to 30 months by U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar.
A Virginia Beach man, Christopher Drotleff, received a 37-month sentence earlier this month for his actions in the same incident.
The two were charged with murder and convicted of the lesser charge in March after an earlier trial ended in a hung jury. They are the first contractors for the Moyock, N.C.-based security company now known as Xe Services to get prison time for killing a civilian in a war zone.
Cannon and Drotleff were working for a Blackwater subsidiary providing weapons training to the Afghan army under a Defense Department subcontract.