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Sentencing delayed for girlfriend of officer in pot case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 5:19 p.m. HST, Jul 1, 2013

Sentencing has been delayed for the girlfriend of a former Honolulu police officer convicted for her role in growing marijuana with him.

Athena Sui Lee was scheduled to be sentenced Monday in federal court. But the hearing has been delayed until Aug. 2.

She pleaded guilty to possession and cultivation charges.

Former officer Michael Steven Chu received an eight-month sentence. He blamed Lee for getting him into the mess that cost him his job. He said he was simply helping her.

Lee faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to her plea agreement, Lee and Chu maintained an indoor marijuana growing operation in a Honolulu apartment and at a Mililani house.

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