Closing Arguments Slated In Sham Marriage Trial

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The trial of a Jamaican immigrant accused of entering into a sham marriage with a Kansas soldier is nearing an end in federal court in Wichita.

Closing arguments were expected Thursday in the trial of Shannakay Hunter on charges of marriage fraud, conspiracy and lying to the government.

Prosecutors have portrayed Hunter's marriage to Joshua Priest as a fraudulent arrangement aimed at gaining legal immigration status for her and certain benefits given to married soldiers for him.

Priest was an Army private stationed at Fort Riley when he and Hunter married in 2010. He pleaded guilty earlier and has testified against Hunter.

The lone defense witness so far has been a victim advocate who helped Hunter after a domestic abuse incident involving Priest.

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