Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty, Paul Slough, Nicholas Slatten

Ex-guards sentenced for Iraq shootings plan appeal

This combination made from file photo shows Blackwater guards, from left, Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty, Nicholas Slatten and Paul Slough. A years-long legal fight over a deadly mass shooting of civilians in an Iraq war zone reaches its reckoning point, when the former Blackwater security guards are sentenced for the rampage. Three of the guards, Heard, Liberty and Slough, face mandatory decades-long sentences because of firearms convictions. Slatten faces a penalty of life in prison after being found guilty of first-degree murder. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense lawyers are vowing to appeal the convictions of four former Blackwater security guards after a federal judge handed down lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.

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