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Former HPU Softball All-Star Sentenced For Federal Drug Crime

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A former college softball standout, who admits she supplied Ecstasy to drug dealers, managed to avoid prison time Friday.

Kellie Nishikida walked out of Federal Court, after a judge sentenced her to five years probation. The 21-year-old was an all-conference outfielder for Hawaii Pacific University until her arrest in January.

Prosecutors say she sold Ecstasy pills to her co-defendants, who then sold the drugs at Schofield Barracks.

"She never had anything to do with the contact with the military personnel herself, although, although, you know, obviously, she accepts responsibility for the ultimate destination," Howard Luke, defense attorney, said.

"She was an outstanding athlete, softball, basketball, just an outstanding student. Never got in trouble at school," Gerald Suyama, former high school principal, said. "We were just shocked that this happened to her."

Nishikida must also serve 300 hours of community service and six months of home detention. She's allowed to leave her house to go to school and work.

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