Ex-Navy sailor gets 5 years for helping superior kill himself, make it look like a murder

FILE: This photo shows Paul Bricker.

FILE: This photo shows Paul Bricker.  (Virginia Beach Police Department )

A former sailor convicted of killing a Navy superior will spend five years in prison.

Media outlets report that 27-year-old Paul Stephen Bricker received a 10-year sentence Monday in Virginia Beach Circuit Court, with five years suspended.

Bricker pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in April.

He told investigators that Chief Petty Officer Gerard Curran wanted to commit suicide and recruited him to help. He said Curran wanted his death to appear as a homicide so his family would receive benefits.

Prosecutors said Bricker stabbed Curran at First Landing State Park in August 2009. Bricker was a petty officer second class at the time.