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Sentencing delayed for Missouri woman in MySpace hoax

Monday, May 18, 2009 | 6:05 p.m. CDT; updated 6:21 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 18, 2009

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge in Los Angeles delayed the sentencing of a Missouri woman on Monday in the trial for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor who ended up committing suicide.

U.S. District Judge George Wu rescheduled Lori Drew's sentencing to July 2.

The judge says he wants to review testimony by prosecution witnesses. He did not rule on a defense motion to dismiss Drew's convictions on three misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization.

Prosecutors say Drew sought to humiliate Megan Meier by helping create a fictitious teen boy on the social networking site and by sending flirtatious messages to the girl in his name.

The fake boy then dumped Megan in a message saying the world would be better without her. She hanged herself a short time later in October 2006.


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