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One man gets prison, another has hearing delayed in Stradivarius violin theft

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man will spend three-and-a-half years in a state prison for helping rob a musician of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin.

37-year-old Universal Allah must also spend three-and-a-half years under extended supervision once he's no longer behind bars.

Allah provided the stun gun allegedly used by 42-year-old Salah Salahaydn, when they confronted concert master Frank Almond and stole the $5 million violin after he performed with it at Wisconsin Lutheran College in January.

Salahaydn was expected to have a plea deal approved Thursday -- but the proceeding was delayed after his public defender asked to withdraw from the case.

Almond told Circuit Judge Dennis Moroney a severe penalty for Allah was "critical," and he was shocked to learn how the closely the defendants stalked him and his family for years. He said they knew where he lived, and many details of his day-to-day life.

The judge told Allah to pay $3,500 to Almond for lost wages from the incident -- along with $400 in repairs to the violin.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)