Judge Sets Sentencing Date In Sham Marriage Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of a Jamaican woman convicted of entering into a sham marriage with Kansas soldier to get legal immigration status.

Shannakay Hunter had been scheduled for sentencing Nov. 5. She requested extra time to arrange care for her children and to travel back to Kansas from New York City, where she lives.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot on Tuesday reset the sentencing for Nov. 26.

Hunter was convicted last month of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud and lying to the government. She faces up to five years on each count but is likely to get far less prison time -- if any -- under federal sentencing guidelines.

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