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Suspect in Stradivarius violin robbery pleads guilty

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to his role in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin.  

36-year-old Universal Allah was convicted of being a party to felony robbery. A second charge of possessing marijuana with the intent to sell it was dropped in a plea deal.  

A sentencing date of July 24th was scheduled before Wednesday's Milwaukee County court hearing.

Prosecutors recommended prison time, while leaving a judge to determine how much. The state wants Allah to be under extended supervision for three years after he gets out.  

A second defendant, 41-year-old Salah Salahaydn, has also agreed to a plea deal. His hearing is set for June 30th. He's currently charged with felony robbery.  

Prosecutors said Salahadyn had plotted to steal a Stradivarius, and Allah provided the stun gun which knocked out concertmaster Frank Almond the night of the holdup.  

It happened after a concert in late January at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The 300-year-old violin was recovered nine days later in good condition.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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