A former Blackwater security contractor was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for participating in a mass shooting at a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007 that killed 14 unarmed civilians.
A federal jury convicted 35-year-old Nicholas Slatten, of Sparta, Tenn., Of first-degree murder in December. Prosecutors said Slatten was the first of a group of four contractors to open fire in a shooting that killed 10 men, two women and two boys, ages 9 and 11.
Defense attorneys falsely believed that Slatten mistakenly believed a potential suicide bomber was on heading for his convoy. Friends and relatives of Slatten appealed to U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth for a lenient sentence, to no avail.
EX-BLACKWATER CONTRACTOR GETS MURDER CONVICTION TOSSED OF FEDERAL APPEALS COURT
Slatten & # 39; s father, Darr spoke directly to his son, who was wearing a beige prison suit, saying: " Nick, apologize for what your country has done to you. We will fight until hell freezes to correct this justice. " [1
"This is a miscarriage of justice and it will not stand," he said.
Lamberth disagreed, saying: "The jury got it exactly right. This was murder."
CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP  In 2014, a jury sentenced Slatten and the three other contractors – Paul Alvin Slough , Evan Shawn Liberty and Dustin Laurent Heard – who were part of a four-vehicle convoy that protected the Department of Foreign Affairs personnel with firearms. The original conviction was reversed on appeal, with a ruling by the appellate court Slatten should have been tried separately from the other three men.
Slatten was tried again last summer, but a trial was declared after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict. His second attempt ended in the December conviction.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.