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

U.S. District Judge George Wu on Monday rescheduled Lori Drew's sentencing to July 2, saying he wants to review testimony by prosecution witnesses.

He did not rule on a defence motion to dismiss Drew's convictions on three misdemeanour counts of accessing computers without authorization.

She faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $300,000 fine on the charges.

Prosecutors say Drew sought to humiliate Megan Meier by helping create a fictitious teen boy on the social networking site and 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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