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US violin theft suspect expected to plead guilty

June 30, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The second of two 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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