Nov 10, 2014 10:25 AM

Man accused in $5M violin theft faces prison

The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) A Wisconsin man accused of masterminding the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin is bracing to learn his sentence, which could be as much as 10 years in prison.

Salah Salahadyn pleaded guilty to robbery in October, nearly eight months after the 300-year-old instrument was snatched from a musician who was attacked with a stun gun after a performance in Milwaukee.

The 42-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Court documents allege Salahadyn told an acquaintance that such a robbery would be his dream crime because of the instrument's value and the ease of grabbing it from a musician walking down the street.

The violin was missing for nine days before police found it in a suitcase in the attic of Salahadyn's acquaintances.


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