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NAHA — A Naha District prosecutor Wednesday asked for an eight-month prison sentence for an Army spouse who pleaded guilty to having marijuana shipped to her from the United States in a jar of peanut butter.

Christa L. Leavell, 30, is charged with having her former husband mail marijuana from Colorado to her Torii Station post box in February.

Japanese customs officials detected the substance Feb. 1 at the military consolidated post office on Camp Kinser. They delivered it to Leavell’s post office box under a controlled operation, according to prosecutor Yukio Nakajima.

Defense attorney Satoshi Kawamitsu asked for a suspended sentence, saying his client — a mother of three and pregnant — is deeply remorseful.

"I feel awful and embarrassed," Leavell said, tears falling as she spoke in court.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 10.


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