Today it was announced that Jeremy Peter Capodanno, 36, plead guilty on October 25, 2013 to manufacturing marijuana and possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.
Capodanno nightmare began on the first day marijuana became legal in the State of Washington. Before eight in the morning Capodanno called to report a break-in of his home and then called back just minutes later to report that shots were fired. When police arrived they found two men dead on his garage floor. Capodanno and his nine year old son were unharmed but on April 17, 2013 the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested him on a federal indictment because on that fatal morning police found his garage loft contained nearly 200 plants of marijuana growing and found he was 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 shotgun; and a Professional Ordinance MDL Carbon 15.
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. Use of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking carries a five year mandatory minimum term. Sentencing is scheduled before U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton on January 17, 2014.