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Girlfriend of ex-HPD officer gets 27-month sentence in pot case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:30 p.m. HST, Oct 18, 2013

The girlfriend of a former Honolulu police officer has been sentenced to more than two years in federal detention for her role in growing marijuana with him. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Muehleck said Athena Sui Lee received a 27-month sentence today. 

She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cultivate and possess with intent to distribute about 49 pounds of marijuana.

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.

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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Publicbraddah wrote:
There's a trend here for HPD officers accused of a crime and it's 8 MONTHS! Chu got 8 months, Nishimura got 8 months, and now Lee might get 8 months.
on October 18,2013 | 06:49AM
cojef wrote:
Why should she? She is not a member of the elite police force, throw the book at her.
on October 18,2013 | 07:10AM
Fred01 wrote:
Why? Growing weed should be legal anyway.
on October 18,2013 | 10:44AM
HanabataDays wrote:
"He blamed Lee for getting him into the mess " Aw, c'mon, man up. Well, eight months in the slammer, maybe too late bumbye.
on October 18,2013 | 07:21AM
kprtyqn wrote:
Hy blaming the chick you still calling your gf? You coulda "arrested" her instead of "helping" her.....you knew it was wrong no one to blame but yourself
on October 18,2013 | 07:36AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Stand up guy: blame the chicka.
on October 18,2013 | 07:51AM
serious wrote:
Legalize pot--saves a lot of court/law enforcement costs and release the police for more important things. Think of the amount of money to keep these people in jail.
on October 18,2013 | 08:05AM
Slow wrote:
He da man! "My life is all her fault." Pathetic.
on October 18,2013 | 08:20AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Shame to the Chinese people. How would the Chinese courts have handled this case?
on October 18,2013 | 08:43AM
pizza wrote:
She wasn't a cop... she will probably only get probation.
on October 18,2013 | 10:01AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
A woman gets potentially five years for grown pot while a high ranking officer gets eight months for basically committing more serious crimes.
on October 18,2013 | 10:28AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Blame your gf for all your problems but you still know what you both were doing was wrong.
on October 18,2013 | 10:34AM
Bully wrote:
Give her a slap on the wrist, its her first offense.
on October 18,2013 | 03:05PM
RandolphW wrote:
These poor souls, Chu, Nishimura, and now Lee obviously didn't have the advantage of participating in a "common core curriculum" such as has been adopted and introduced into the DOE schools. Naturally, since they didn't have these types of advantages, they ended up engaging in unethical and downright illegal activities. So much for educational deficiencies, and unequal opportunities for women. Let's rally behind our leaders in government who are burning the midnight oil to pass more regulations that are costly and difficult to enforce. Let's hear it for more government regulations to promote honesty, as the printing presses are back on line in Washington, D.C. and all the funding will be in place for a really bright future! Lack of funding makes for short prison sentences, and early releases!
on October 18,2013 | 05:51PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I'm not anadvocate of legalizing pot but I feel this is excessive. Give her 500 hours community service in a community center, like Diamond Head, and let her move on.
on October 18,2013 | 07:50PM
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