Coronavirus outbreak triggers sentencing delay for Kealohas

Coronavirus outbreak triggers sentencing delay for Kealohas
The Kealohas leave federal court after learning of their guilty verdicts (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - One day before ex-Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, were set to be sentenced in federal court for their crimes, the hearing was postponed.

Lian Abernathy, chief deputy clerk, said in a statement that the decision was made “in the interest of the safety and health of the public and of court employees."

Louis Kealoha and his wife, an ex-Honolulu deputy prosecutor, were set to learn their fate for obstruction, conspiracy, bank fraud and identity theft on Tuesday.

Their co-conspirators, former police Lt. Derek Wayne Hahn and Officer Minh-Hung “Bobby” Nguyen, were scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. That has also been postponed.

It’s been almost seven years since the group framed a Kealoha relative for a crime he did not commit.

Gerard Puana was jailed and prosecuted for stealing the Kealohas’ mailbox in June 2013 because the family was involved in a feud over money.

Katherine Kealoha had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from Puana’s mother.

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