BY TRACY RYAN
The Reverend Roger Christie of the Hilo based THC ministry was sentenced Monday, April 28, 2014, in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. Judge Leslie Kobayashi following, the Federal minimum sentencing guidelines, sentenced him to sixty months on count one of his indictment relating to the distribution of marijuana and one year each for two separate tax related crimes. As per the defendant’s plea agreement several other charges were dismissed.
Entering the court in handcuffs and shackle the defendant sat quietly while the attorney’s argued about his role in the case. He was allowed to speak briefly on his own behalf and did so with dignity that impressed everyone as he read his prepared remarks.
As part of the federal sentencing rules Rev. Christie must serve a minimum of forty eight months before becoming eligible for supervised release into the community. The court allowed for this early release to take place and counted the almost four years in jail served to date against his sentence. The two other convictions carrying the one year sentences were allowed to be served as part of the four years as well. With these decisions Rev. Christie should be out of jail within a few weeks.