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Dan Satterberg

Sentencing in Wine Theft



Sentencing in Wine Theft: Two defendants were sentenced to prison this afternoon for 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, was sentenced to nine years in prison and co-defendant Luke A. Thesing, 36, received a sentence of five years. Harris pled guilty last week to Attempted Arson in the First Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree and ten counts of Theft in the First Degree. Thesing pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree and nine counts of Theft in the First Degree. Harris faced a sentence range of up to nine years and Thesing’s range was up to 5 ½ years. Prosecutors recommended 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. The case was handled by Senior DPA Alex Voorhees and DPA Peter Lewicki. Today’s sentencing was before Judge Julie Spector at the King County Courthouse.

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