"HE BEGGED ME TO KILL HIM" SAYS SAILOR
WHO STABBED TO DEATH CHIEF PETTY OFFICER
NOW, PO2 PAUL STEPHEN BRICKER ON HIS WAY
TO PRISON - CLAIMS HE REFUSED MONEY TO
PARTICIPATE IN "ASSISTED SUICIDE" OF GERALD
CURRAN - CPO SAID TO HAVE WANTED DEATH
TO LOOK LIKE HOMICIDE SO FAMILY WOULD GET
BENEFITS - "I'M SO SORRY. WISH I COULD TAKE
IT ALL BACK," BRICKER SAYS AT SENTENCING
IN VIRGINIA BEFORE GOING TO THE SLAMMER
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"He begged me to kill him," former Navy PO2 Paul Bricker said in Virginia Beach, Va. District Court.
Bricker said he was a close buddy of slain CPO Gerald Curran, who was found dead in a local park in November 2009. At first, the cops thought it was a murder-robbery. Little did they know that Bricker wanted to die.
"I refused to do it, but he kept on me," the admitted killer said.
TRIED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A ROBBERY GONE BAD
The last moments of Chief Curran's life were beyond bizarre. According to court papers, the chief electronics technician finally convinced his friend to participate in the assisted suicide. First, Curran strangled himself with a physical therapy band. That caused him to lose consciousness. Thus, he wouldn't feel the pain of a knife slamming into his chest, Curran reasoned. He had told Bricker he was "terminally ill" and wanted his family to get his death benefits right away.
The E-5 said he rifled Curran's pockets to make it look like a robbery had taken place. It wasn't until 2011 that his story came unraveled and cops started looking into a different theory of what really happened at Landing State Park.
Bricker, at the time assigned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story, Va. told the judge: "I am so sorry. I wish I could take it all back."
He'll have the next five years behind bars to think it over. That's how long he was sent away for being part of such a sick scheme.