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Dishonorable discharge for drug-dealing Navy sailor

The USS Freedom departs San Diego Bay on March 1, 2013 for deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.
The USS Freedom departs San Diego Bay on March 1, 2013 for deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.
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A Navy sailor in California who confessed to dealing drugs and received a 14-month prison sentence will be dishonorably discharged from the military.

The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. last week upheld the sentence handed down to Airman Jasmine McClendon during her court-martial in San Diego last May.

She'll be reduced to the Navy's lowest rank and removed from the service on a dishonorable discharge.

Her attorneys requested a less-severe bad conduct discharge, but the tribunal unanimously disagreed.

The Union-Tribune newspaper reports Sunday that McClendon, who was at Naval Air Station Lemoore in Central California, sold drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine and LSD.

A dishonorable discharge triggers a wide range of other sanctions, including the loss of veterans' benefits and the right to possess firearms.