A man who shot and killed two men who broke into his Puyallup marijuana-grow operation in December pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to manufacturing marijuana and being in possession of a firearm.
As part of a plea agreement, Jeremy Peter Capodanno, 36, will forfeit $670,000 from the sale of his Puyallup and Kent homes, a 2008 Mercedes, a 2008 Toyota pickup and five guns seized at the crime scene: a Glock 17 9 mm semiautomatic pistol, Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle, an Intratec Tec-9 9mm pistol, a Benelli 12 gauge shotgun, and a Professional Ordinance MDL Carbon 15.
His charge of using a firearm in relation to drug trafficking carries a five-year mandatory-minimum prison term, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton will oversee Capodanno’s sentencing in January.
When Capodanno initially pleaded not guilty to charges in April, he faced a 15-year mandatory-minimum sentence and as many as 40 years in prison.
The garage the two slain men had broken into contained about 200 plants. Police found Capodanno at the scene with a semiautomatic pistol with which he had shot the men. Police found additional marijuana in Capodanno’s pickup.
Capodanno was arrested in April after being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.