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NEW INFORMATION: Suspect in Wis. violin theft pleads not guilty

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee man accused in last month's theft of a $5 million violin has pleaded not guilty.

Online court records say Salah Salahadyn entered the plea Monday after waiving his preliminary hearing.

The 41-year-old is charged with being a party to robbery. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Public defender Alejandro Lockwood declined to comment afterward.

Salahadyn and 36-year-old Universal K. Allah are both charged in the theft. A 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from a Milwaukee concertmaster in a stun-gun attack Jan. 27 but police recovered the instrument in good condition nine days later.

Salahadyn served five years for a previous conviction for art theft. Prosecutors say he'd been plotting for a while to steal a Stradivarius.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The attorney for a Milwaukee man accused in last month's theft of a $5 million violin says his client will plead not guilty.

Salah Salahadyn is due in court Monday afternoon for a preliminary hearing. The 41-year-old is charged with being a party to robbery, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Public defender Alejandro Lockwood tells The Associated Press his client will plead not guilty Monday. Lockwood declined further comment, saying he'll reserve his remarks for the courtroom.

Salahadyn and 36-year-old Universal K. Allah are charged in the theft. A 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from a Milwaukee concertmaster in a stun-gun attack but police recovered it in good condition nine days later.

Salahadyn has a previous conviction for art theft.


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