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Honolulu police chief mailbox theft case dismissed

HPD Chief Louis Kealoha HPD Chief Louis Kealoha
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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Federal prosecutors are dismissing charges against a man accused of stealing the Honolulu police chief's mailbox.

Gerard Puana's public defender provided a copy of the motion to dismiss to reporters Tuesday.

The dismissal comes after Puana's trial abruptly in a mistrial two weeks ago when Chief Louis Kealoha testified about Puana's criminal past.

Puana is the uncle of the chief's wife, Katherine.

Puana's public defender, Alexander Silvert, says the police chief should have known better than to bring up his client's criminal history in front of the jury.

Silvert has said the Kealohas framed Puana to discredit him in a lawsuit that he and his 95-year-old mother filed claiming the police chief's wife stole money from them.

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