On June 18th, a unanimous jury declared Aiken Uehara guilty on one count of Trafficking of a Controlled Substance and one of count of Possession of a More Than One Gram of a Controlled Substance.
Trafficking a Controlled Substance carries a prison sentence of not less than 25 years and no less than $50,000 dollar fine, while Possession of More Than One Gram of a Controlled Substance carries a sentence of not less than 15 years imprisonment and not less than $10,000 fine.
Uehara was charged in April of 2020 for Trafficking of a Controlled Substance and for Possession of a More than One Gram of Controlled Substance and bail was set at $50,000 cash, highest imposed under the newer tougher drug laws. Mr. Uehara posted bail and was freed but his bail was later revoked after he got into two separate car accidents, one in September of 2020 and one in December. In January of this year, his bail was revoked and he was remanded to jail awaiting his trial.
In April, his case was declared a mis-trial after two days delay in his trial due to prosecuting attorney getting sick, and his attorney claimed that his case has been prejudiced due to media coverage. His case was rescheduled for this month with a new jury.
After two days trial, the jury unanimously declared him guilty of both charges. His sentencing is set for June 28, 2021.
Meanwhile, on the same day, his wife Rur Gibbons, was sentenced for a conviction of a charge of Possession of One Gram of Methamphetamine.
15 years imprisonment and $10,000 fine are the minimum imposed sentences for Possession of More Than One Gram of Methamphetamine under the tougher drug laws.
The court suspended the entire imprisonment sentence and placed Gibbons under supervision. Her $10,000 cash bail was converted to pay her fine.
Defendant requested leniency due to her having to take care of her two children. The court stated in its sentencing order that the “effect of involvement in the drug world affects entire families and not just individuals” and that the “sentence imposed must not only reflect the seriousness of the offense, promote respect for the law, provide just punishment, and afford adequate deterrence to criminal conduct. Sentence should also provide for the opportunity for rehabilitation.”
Due to defendant not having any prior convictions and “has a supporting family to help her raise her children”, the imprisonment sentence imposed was suspended and the defendant was placed on probation and comply with specific conditions imposed by the court.

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