Suspect in Wis. violin theft to plead not guilty
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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