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Dan Satterberg

Guilty Plea in Wine Theft



Guilty Plea in Wine Theft: Two defendants pled guilty yesterday afternoon in connection with the theft of up to $650,000 worth of wine from a wine retailer/wine storage facility in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. Samuel Arby Harris, 35, pled guilty to Attempted Arson in the First Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree and ten counts of Theft in the First Degree.  Co-defendant Luke A. Thesing, 36, pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree and nine counts of Theft in the First Degree. Harris faces a sentence range of 81 to 108 months in prison. Thesing’s range is 51 to 68 months. Prosecutors will be recommending a top of the range sentence for both. The wine was stolen from wine storage lockers at Esquin Wine & Spirits in November 2013. The defendants also cut gas lines in an attempt to start a fire at the facility. The wine has since been recovered. Harris also pled guilty to theft in a separate incident where he stole $250,000 worth of wine from a woman in Bellevue in May 2013. The victim met Harris through relatives and hired him to build a wine-storage cellar at her Bellevue business. Harris sold many of the wines in the Bellevue theft. Sentencing is set for July 25 at 1 p.m. before Judge Douglass North in courtroom W-711 of the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior DPA Alex Voorhees and DPA Peter Lewicki.

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