Former Sailor Sentenced for Dealing Heroin on USS George H.W. Bush

  The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush transits the Gulf of Aden on March 22, 2014. (U.S. Navy)

A former sailor was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison for distributing heroin on the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush.

The drugs provided by 22-year-old Donald G. McManus resulted in the overdose of another sailor last year, documents said.

McManus, of Wallingford, Conn., and his wife, Breanna, each pleaded guilty in October to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

According to court documents, Donald McManus was an active-duty sailor on the Bush last February, though already on restricted status with the Navy for prior drug use. He had his wife smuggle the drugs on board inside her bra, documents said.

The couple sold heroin to another sailor who was later found unresponsive on the floor in the ship's berthing area. Medical personnel immediately responded.

Documents indicate the sailor had no detectable pulse for approximately 14 minutes before medics were able to resuscitate her.

Several days after that overdose, Donald McManus asked his wife to bring more heroin on board the carrier. She did, only to witness her husband overdose, documents said.

Breanna McManus sought help from other sailors, who in turn contacted medical staff, documents said.

Donald McManus joined the Navy in April 2013 and was assigned to the Bush for most of that time, according to a Navy service biography. He received an "other than honorable" discharge in June as an airman recruit, the lowest enlisted rank.

Federal guidelines recommended Donald McManus receive a sentence between 6 and 12 months. Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 12 months, but U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson decided to go higher.

Breanna McManus is set to be sentenced Jan. 27.

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