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Suspect in theft of historic violin pleads not guilty

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- One of the men accused of stealing a 300-year-old violin says he's not guilty.

Salah Salahadyn entered the plea Monday to one count of being party to the robbery. Salahadyn faces up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted.

Prosecutors say Salahadyn had been plotting for a while to steal the Stradivarius.

The 41-year-old Salahadyn and 36-year-old Universal Allah are both charged in the theft. Authorities say the men stole the instrument from a Milwaukee concertmaster January 27, but police recovered the violin in good condition nine days later.

Salahadyn served five years for a previous conviction for art theft.

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