Suspects in Stradivarius theft due in court

CREATED Jul 24, 2014

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  • Universal Allah sits with his attorney at Milwaukee County Courthouse ahead of his sentencing hearing. Image by Michele Fiore

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man who pleaded guilty in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin is due to be sentenced, and his co-defendant is expected to change his not-guilty plea.
 
Salah Salahadyn and Universal K. Allah are both due in court Thursday.
 
Salahadyn initially pleaded not guilty to felony robbery. His attorney has requested a new plea date, which suggests Salahadyn plans to change his plea.
 
Allah pleaded guilty to felony robbery. Prosecutors say he provided the stun gun used to attack a concertmaster in January as he left a performance. Allah's attorney has said Allah wasn't at the scene of the robbery.
 
Prosecutors say Salahadyn been plotting for a while to steal a Stradivarius.
 
Police recovered the 300-year-old Stradivarius in good condition after nine days.