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Katherine and Louis Kealoha’s sentencing postponed over coronavirus concerns

                                Katherine and Louis Kealoha


    Katherine and Louis Kealoha

Sentencing hearings for Katherine and Louis Kealoha, scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed to a date “to be determined.”

In a press release Monday, the U.S. District Court announced that the Kealoha sentencing and the sentencing for Derek Wayne Hahn and Minh-Hung Nguyen, which was scheduled for Wednesday, have been postponed.

“The Court has been carefully following the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In the interest of the safety and health of the public and of court employees,” the sentencing has been postponed.

The Kealohas pleaded guilty last October to financial crimes involving bank fraud and identity theft involving an alleged mailbox theft. Hahn and Nguyen were convicted in the same case.

Katherine Kealoha was also found guilty of not reporting her brother’s alleged involvement in a drug distribution ring.

Also today, Hawaii Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald issued an order that starting Tuesday and continuing through April 30, most state in-person state court matters will be limited.

“With the exception of emergency and time-sensitive matters, in-person appearances for civil, family, and to the extent possible, criminal matters will be limited,” Recktenwald said.

“These significant limitations on our operations are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Recktenwald in a news release. “Our foremost concern is to protect all individuals who come in contact with the court for any reason.”

The Order significantly reduces the need for in-court appearances and postpones most court proceedings, including all trials, the news release said.

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