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US Federal Prosecutors Ken Cole is surrounded by Iraqi security as he arrives for a meeting to discuss the case against the security firm Blackwater at the central police station close to Nussur Square in central Baghdad on December 13, 2008. Three U.S. federal prosecutors met today in Baghdad with the families of victims and wounded from the shooting last September 2007 at Nussur Square by security officers from the US based Blackwater Security Company. Five Blackwater guards were charged on December 08, with the killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and wounding 18 others with gunfire and grenades while traveling in a convoy through a busy Baghdad intersection in September 2007. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
An Iraqi woman whose husband was killed sits with her children listening during a meeting with US Federal Prosecutors to discuss the case against the security firm Blackwater at the central police station close to Nussur Square in central Baghdad on December 13, 2008. Three U.S. federal prosecutors met today in Baghdad with the families of victims and wounded from the shooting last September 2007 at Nussur Square by security officers from the US based Blackwater Security Company. Five Blackwater guards were charged on December 08, with the killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and wounding 18 others with gunfire and grenades while traveling in a convoy through a busy Baghdad intersection in September 2007. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
An Iraqi woman, relative of a victim, sits listening during a meeting with US Federal Prosecutors to discuss the case against the security firm Blackwater at the central police station close to Nussur Square in central Baghdad on December 13, 2008. Three U.S. federal prosecutors met today in Baghdad with the families of victims and wounded from the shooting last September 2007 at Nussur Square by security officers from the US based Blackwater Security Company. Five Blackwater guards were charged on December 08, with the killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and wounding 18 others with gunfire and grenades while traveling in a convoy through a busy Baghdad intersection in September 2007. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi injured and relatives of killed Iraqis, all victims of a shooting incident, sits listening during a meeting with US Federal Prosecutors to discuss the case against the security firm Blackwater at the central police station close to Nussur Square in central Baghdad on December 13, 2008. Three U.S. federal prosecutors met today in Baghdad with the families of victims and wounded from the shooting last September 2007 at Nussur Square by security officers from the US based Blackwater Security Company. Five Blackwater guards were charged on December 08, with the killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and wounding 18 others with gunfire and grenades while traveling in a convoy through a busy Baghdad intersection in September 2007. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
An Iraqi victim of a shooting incident holds up a picture of himself, during a meeting with US Federal Prosecutors to discuss the case against the security firm Blackwater at the central police station close to Nussur Square in central Baghdad on December 13, 2008. Three U.S. federal prosecutors met today in Baghdad with the families of victims and wounded from the shooting last September 2007 at Nussur Square by security officers from the US based Blackwater Security Company. Five Blackwater guards were charged on December 08, with the killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and wounding 18 others with gunfire and grenades while traveling in a convoy through a busy Baghdad intersection in September 2007. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
An Iraqi victim of a shooting incident sits listening during a meeting with US Federal Prosecutors to discuss the case against the security firm Blackwater at the central police station close to Nussur Square in central Baghdad on December 13, 2008. Three U.S. federal prosecutors met today in Baghdad with the families of victims and wounded from the shooting last September 2007 at Nussur Square by security officers from the US based Blackwater Security Company. Five Blackwater guards were charged on December 08, with the killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and wounding 18 others with gunfire and grenades while traveling in a convoy through a busy Baghdad intersection in September 2007. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 06: Former Blackwater security guard Nick Slatten (C) and his lawyer Thomas Connolly (L) leave an arraignment hearing at U.S. district court on January 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. Slatten and four other former guards pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter in the killing of at least 14 unarmed Iraqis. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Three Iraqi traffic policemen, witnesses to a shooting incident, sit in the front row listening during a meeting with US Federal Prosecutors to discuss the case against the security firm Blackwater at the central police station close to Nussur Square in central Baghdad on December 13, 2008. Three U.S. federal prosecutors met today in Baghdad with the families of victims and wounded from the shooting last September 2007 at Nussur Square by security officers from the US based Blackwater Security Company. Five Blackwater guards were charged on December 08, with the killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and wounding 18 others with gunfire and grenades while traveling in a convoy through a busy Baghdad intersection in September 2007. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
Three Iraqi traffic policemen, witnesses to a shooting incident, sit listening during a meeting with US Federal Prosecutors to discuss the case against the security firm Blackwater at the central police station close to Nussur Square in central Baghdad on December 13, 2008. Three U.S. federal prosecutors met today in Baghdad with the families of victims and wounded from the shooting last September 2007 at Nussur Square by security officers from the US based Blackwater Security Company. Five Blackwater guards were charged on December 08, with the killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and wounding 18 others with gunfire and grenades while traveling in a convoy through a busy Baghdad intersection in September 2007. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, after the start of his first-degree murder trial. Slatten and three other Blackwater Worldwide guards are on trial for the killing of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in bloodshed that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, after the start of his first-degree murder trial. Slatten and three other Blackwater Worldwide guards are on trial for the killing of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in bloodshed that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
FILE - This June 11, 2014, file photo shows former Blackwater Worldwide guard Evan Liberty, right, arriving at federal court in Washington to stand trial for the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. In opening statements on June 11, Brian Heberlig, defense lawyer for another guard, said there was ample evidence of incoming gunfire at Nisoor Square, including shell casings from AK-47s, found in three locations near the traffic circle, and multiple bullet strikes on one of the convoy vehicles. The defense has been bedeviled by the fact that no one has come forward to support its self-defense theory, and raised the possibility that prosecution witnesses, with direction from Iraqi law enforcement investigators, have orchestrated their stories. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
Former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves the Federal Courthouse after the start of his first-degree murder trial in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Slatten and three other Blackwater Worldwide guards are on trial for the killing of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in bloodshed that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2007 file photo, an Iraqi traffic policeman inspects a car destroyed by a Blackwater security detail in al-Nisoor Square in Baghdad, Iraq. The U.S. Justice Department has brought fresh charges against former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors over a deadly 2007 shooting on the streets of Baghdad. The jury indictment announced Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 charges four men with voluntary manslaughter and other crimes. The case stems from the shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians. Blackwater security contractors were guarding U.S. diplomats when they opened fire at an intersection. Their lawyers have said the insurgents ambushed the guards. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
Gary Jackson former president of Blackwater, the company now known as Xe Services, leaves the Terry Sanford Federal Building and Courthouse in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, April 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Blackwater security guard said Wednesday that he decided to tell the truth about his role in the shootings of 32 Iraqis because he wants to move on with his life, even though it means he probably will go to prison.

Jeremy Ridgeway was testifying against four of his former colleagues who would face long prison terms if convicted in the fatal shootings of 14 Iraqis and the wounding of 18 others in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.

Ridgeway is the prosecution's chief cooperating witness in the case focusing on the Sept. 16, 2007, shootings.

He told the jury in the case that "I am mentally prepared to go to prison" and that "I felt remorse, I felt a lot of guilt." He said he has a wife and two children and, "I wanted them to know I did something good after doing something bad, horrible."

He has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and attempted manslaughter. His credibility is expected to come under attack from defense lawyers for the four defendants.

The trial has been under way for more than one month.

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