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  1. Ex-contractor to serve 3 years in Afghan’s death

    By BROCK VERGAKIS Associated Press

    Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 3:41 p.m.
    Last Modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 3:41 p.m.

    A former Blackwater contractor has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison for the May 2009 shooting death of an unarmed Afghan civilian in Kabul.

    Christopher Drotleff was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in March. He and another convicted man shot at the rear of a vehicle on a dark road as it passed them near an accident, killing its passenger and a man who was walking his dog. They said they feared for their safety.

    Drotleff was sentenced in federal court in Norfolk on Tuesday for the passenger’s death. They were acquitted of all other charges. District Judge Robert Doumar said Drotleff is fortunate he had outstanding attorneys and the judge thought Drotleff wasn’t convicted of murder as a result.

    Drotleff remains free while his attorneys appeal.

  2. July 26. 2011 4:14AM

    Former Blackwater moves headquarters to Va.

    The Associated Press

    The global security company once known as Blackwater is moving its corporate headquarters from North Carolina to Arlington, Va.

    Xe Services said Tuesday that 20 people will move from Moyock, N.C. to Arlington to foster relationships with customers in and around Washington.

    While the company’s executive leadership will be based in Arlington, the 7,000-acre training facility in Moyock will also have an executive presence. Xe Services also has training facilities in Groton, Conn., and San Diego and a permanent 10-acre operating base in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Under the Blackwater name, the firm provided guards and services to the U.S. government in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. It drew harsh criticism from members of Congress and others after a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that killed 17 people.

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