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Manager of alleged puppy mill gets more time to prepare defense

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 1:43 p.m. HST, Jul 12, 2012

The accused manager of a Waimanalo puppy mill that was closed by city officials two years ago has been granted his second continuance to allow his second court-appointed attorney to prepare for his trial.

David Lee Becker, 37,  was granted the continuance until Aug. 9 because Deputy Public Defender Steven Nichols said he only received the case on Monday and needed more time to prepare.

Nichols told District Judge Paula Devens today that there are at least 2,000 pages of evidence for him to review.

Becker has not entered a plea.

Becker is charged with 153 criminal animal cruelty misdemeanor charges. Each misdemeanor count amounts to $2,000 and Becker could be fined as much as $306,000 and spend up to a year in jail.

Becker has been held on $200,000 bail since he was extradited to Honolulu June 15 from Las Vegas to face charges of animal cruelty.

His bail was doubled from $100,000 to $200,000 on June 18 after the city prosecutor’s office said he was a possible flight risk.

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