Accused Violin Thief Pleads Guilty

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) - One of two Milwaukee men accused in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin has pleaded guilty to robbery.

Online court records say 36-year-old Universal K. Allah was convicted Wednesday morning. His sentencing hearing is set for late July.

He and Salah were charged with felony robbery in the case. Salahadyn pleaded not guilty, and is scheduled for another plea hearing on June 30.

A criminal complaint says Allah provided the stun gun used to attack and rob a violin concertmaster in Milwaukee in January. The complaint says Salahadyn had been plotting to steal a Stradivarius.

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

A message left with Allah's public defender, Paul Ksicinski, was not immediately returned.

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