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Former HPU Softball Star Pleads Guilty to Drug Dealing

Kellie Nishikida Kellie Nishikida
Howard Luke Howard Luke

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) - From all-star athlete to convicted drug dealer. A former college softball standout gives up her court fight and tells a Federal judge in Honolulu she was an Ecstasy dealer.

Kellie Nishikida is no longer on the Hawaii Pacific University softball team. She says she now spends time working for a lunch wagon and catering business.

"She's lost a lot," Howard Luke, defense attorney, said. "She's no longer in school and, as you probably know, she was an outstanding softball player, outstanding athlete. And she can no longer play ball."

She was an all-conference outfielder for the Sea Warriors until her arrest in January. The 20-year-old arrives at Federal Court to admit to a judge that she was an Ecstasy dealer.

"Ecstasy has been a problem," Luke said. "And I think the perception of the drug is that it is not as serious as the Government has defined it to be."

Prosecutors say Nishikida sold 110 Ecstasy pills to two co-defendants, and later made arrangements to sell 60 more.

"I can't tell you what I expect the sentencing to be," Luke said. "I'm hopeful for, you know, as low a sentence as possible."

The crime carries a punishment of up to 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $1 million. But with no prior record, she's expected to receive much less than that.

"She's already suffered quite a bit," Luke said. "A very, very young woman. A very good person."

Nishikida's sentencing is scheduled for September 10th.

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