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Pierce County Man Who Killed Two While Protecting Marijuana Grow Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

FEB 03 (SEATTLE) - A Puyallup, Washington man who shot and killed two men who had entered the garage where he was growing marijuana, was sentenced on January 31, 2014, to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release for manufacturing marijuana and possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

On December 6, 2012, Jeremy Peter Capodanno, 36, shot two people who had entered the garage of his Puyallup residence – killing both of them.  In the garage loft was a marijuana grow with nearly 200 plants.  When Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, they found Capodanno in possession of a Glock 17, 9mm semiautomatic pistol, which is the gun that Capodanno used to kill the two men.  While searching Capodanno’s truck, police found additional marijuana as well as other weapons including a Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle; an Intratec Tec-9 9mm pistol; a Benelli 12 gauge tactical shotgun; and a Professional Ordinance MDL Carbon 15.

On April 10, 2013, Capodanno was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with manufacturing marijuana, carrying a firearm and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.  Under the terms of the plea agreement, Capodanno is forfeiting nearly $670,000 in proceeds from the sale of two properties -- his Puyallup home and a second home in Kent, Washington.  Capodanno is also forfeiting a 2008 Mercedes, a 2008 Toyota pickup truck and five firearms seized at the crime scene. 

According to court documents, Capodanno left the house (with his minor son still inside), while he took his gun and circled around the side of the house and fired back into the house through a window likely killing one of the intruders.  Capodanno is seen on the surveillance system he installed carefully aiming and shooting through the window.  Evidence retrieved at the scene indicates Capodanno then went into the garage and continued to fire more than a dozen shots at the two men, killing both.

For over a decade, Capodanno sold large quantities of marijuana, allowing a lifestyle that that included expensive real estate, high-powered ski boats, motorcycles, luxury vehicles, and other assets. 

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

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