Academi Archive

Virginia Beach officer accidentally shoots another in training

CAMDEN, N.C. A Virginia Beach police officer was accidentally shot in the arm Wednesday with a gun held by another officer at the Academi training center near Moyock. Academi was originally formed in the 1990s as Blackwater, a company that trained and sent hundreds of contractors to Iraq in the early 2000s to protect dignitaries, among other duties.

Blackwater guard who testified against 4 others sentenced for 2007 shootings

WASHINGTON A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard who helped secure long prison terms for four ex-colleagues to 12 months and a day in prison for his role in shootings that killed 14 unarmed Iraqis civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007.

Blackwater guards in Iraq shootings ask for leniency

Three of four Blackwater Worldwide guards scheduled to be sentenced next month for a 2007 shooting that killed or wounded 31 unarmed Iraqis asked a federal judge for leniency on Monday, saying a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 30 years is unconstitutionally harsh.

Blackwater’s founder faces another conflict

WASHINGTON The founder of Blackwater, once the world’s most notorious security contracting firm, seemed stumped by his interrogator’s question.

Ex-Blackwater chief Erik Prince hired by South Sudan

NAIROBI The former head of U.S. security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of civil war.

Russia: Chesapeake-based private soldiers in Ukraine

Has a Chesapeake-based Blackwater spinoff sent private soldiers into the tense standoff between Ukraine and Russia?
That’s what Russia says, but the company denies it.

Blackwater founder takes aim at his critics in memoir

For years in media accounts, the word "reclusive" was a standard appendage to Erik Prince's name. The onetime Navy SEAL's abhorrence of public exposure was legendary. Case in point: After a court hearing in Richmond in 2006, a reporter approached him in the hallway and asked: "Are you Erik Prince?"

Blackwater founder, associate in fight over memoirs

The founder of Blackwater has hit a bump in the road en route to publishing his autobiography.

Former Blackwater contractors ordered to prison

Two former Blackwater contractors have been ordered to federal prison after exhausting their appeals in the 2009 shooting death of a civilian in Afghanistan.

Convictions upheld for former Blackwater contractors

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the manslaughter convictions of two former contractors who shot and killed two Afghan civilians and wounded a third in 2009.
The ruling means Christopher Drotleff of Virginia Beach and Justin Cannon of Louisiana will have to serve out their prison terms. They have been free on bond pending a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

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