NEW INFORMATION: Hearing postponed for suspect in $5M violin theft

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A plea hearing has been postponed for a Milwaukee man accused of stealing a $5 million Stradivarius violin.

Salah Salahadyn pleaded not guilty in February to being a party to felony robbery. He later asked to enter a new plea. A hearing for that was set for Monday, but the judge postponed proceedings due to scheduling issues.

The new plea hearing will be July 24. That's the same day Salahadyn's co-defendant is to be sentenced. Thirty-six-year-old Universal K. Allah pleaded guilty in May to being party to robbery.

The 300-year-old violin was missing for nine days before police recovered it in good condition.

Salahadyn was convicted in 2000 of trying to resell a $25,000 statue to an art gallery owner from whom it had been stolen.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The second of two Milwaukee men accused in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin is expected to reverse his not-guilty plea.

Salah Salahadyn pleaded not guilty in February to being a party to felony theft. But last month his attorney requested a new plea hearing.

The 42-year-old Salahadyn is due in court Monday afternoon. A message left with his public defender, Alejandro Lockwood, wasn't immediately returned.

His 36-year-old co-defendant pleaded guilty to being party to robbery last month. Universal K. Allah is scheduled to be sentenced July 24.

The 300-year-old violin was missing for nine days before police recovered it in good condition.

Salahadyn pleaded guilty in 2000 to trying to resell a $25,000 statue to the art gallery owner from whom it had been stolen.


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