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January 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM

7 years for man who killed 2 intruders at Puyallup pot-grow

A man who shot and killed two men who broke into his Puyallup marijuana-grow operation in December 2012 was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to seven years in prison.

Jeremy Capodanno, 36, pleaded guilty in October to manufacturing marijuana and being in possession of a firearm.

As part of a plea agreement, Capodanno 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, a Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle, an Intratec Tec-9 9-mm pistol, a Benelli 12-gauge shotgun and a Professional Ordinance MDL Carbon 15.

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 he had used to shoot 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.

“There’s no excuse for you to do that; to set the conditions for the firefight in your garage is inexcusable . . . the conditions were set, the fuse was lit, and the ravage began,” U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said during sentencing.

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