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Prison for one, plea deal for the other suspect in Stradivarius violin theft

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - One of two Milwaukee men charged with stealing a $5 million Stradivarius violin is expected to get a prison sentence Thursday, while the other gets a plea deal.

37-year-old Universal Allah pleaded guilty in May to a robbery charge. Prosecutors have recommended an undetermined amount of prison time.

His co-defendant, 42-year-old Salah Salahaydn, is expected to be convicted at the same hearing Wednesday afternoon. A plea deal was apparently in the works, after Salahaydn was charged with felony robbery.

Police said the two robbed a concert meister of the 300-year-old Stradivarius after a performance in January at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The violin was found in good condition a few days after the holdup.

Allah's cousin has asked for leniency, saying the other defendant pulled off the crime.

Milwaukee Symphony director Mark Niehaus said Allah needs to be held accountable, saying "a musician of great value was senselessly and brutally attacked" in the robbery.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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