Man gets 3 and a half years in prison for violin theft
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 6: The 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was taken from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster in an armed robbery last week sits on a counter February 6, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Accodring to reports, the violin was recovered inthe attic of a Milwaukee home. (Photo by Tom Lynn/getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 6: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett speaks at a news conference about the revcovery of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was taken from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster in an armed robbery last week February 6, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Accodring to reports, the violin was recovered inthe attic of a Milwaukee home. (Photo by Tom Lynn/getty Images)
FILE - In this combination file photos provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is Salah Salahadyn, right, and Universal K. Allah, left, both of Milwaukee. Salahadyn and co-defendant Allah, suspects in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin taken from a Milwaukee concertmaster, are due in court Thursday, July 24, 2014. Allah has pleaded guilty to felony robbery and Salahadyn is expected to change his not-guilty plea. (AP Photo/Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, File)
Julian Altman, center, is seen playing a stolen Stradivarius in this undated file photo. In 1936, Altman stole the violin from the Carnegie Hall dressing room of the Polish virtuoso Bronislaw Huberman. It is a crime that lives on today in a '90s kind of way, in litigation before the Connecticut Supreme Court, where Altman's daughter and widow are fighting for the $263,000 ``finder's fee'' awarded when the violin was finally returned to its insurer. (AP Photo)
Sisters Amy Totenberg, left, Nina Totenberg, center, and Jill Totenberg get their first look at the Ames Stradivarius violin that was stolen from their father, renowned violinist Roman Totenberg 35 years ago, in New York, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Nina Totenberg said the violin surfaced in June when a woman had it appraised in New York and the appraiser immediately contacted authorities. According to court documents, the woman voluntarily returned the violin to the Totenberg family and told investigators she did not know it was stolen. She has not been accused of any wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Milwaukee man whose stun gun was used in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in January has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison.
Universal K. Allah pleaded guilty in May to being party to felony robbery. Milwaukee County Judge Dennis Moroney told him Thursday it was "disconcerting" that he would engage in a crime that caused so much pain to his community.
Salah (suh-LAH') Salahadyn (suh-LAH'-ha-deen) is also charged in this case. His plea hearing was postponed Thursday after his public defender withdrew from the case for unspecified reasons.
Court documents say Salahadyn was the aggressor who'd been plotting to steal a Stradivarius.
Prosecutors say Salahadyn used Allah's stun gun to attack a concertmaster and steal his violin following a performance. The violin was recovered in good condition.