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Dan Satterberg

Sentencing in Copper Wire Theft


State v. Donald Howard Turpin


Sentencing in Copper Wire Theft: A local man was sentenced today to nearly 12 ½ years in prison for stealing 4.3 miles of copper wiring from the Sound Transit Light Rail System. A jury convicted Donald Howard Turpin, 55, of Burglary Second Degree, Theft First Degree with a metal theft aggravator, Trafficking in Stolen Property First Degree, and Leading Organized Crime. It’s believed to be the largest known metal theft in Washington State. A co-defendant, Lee Russell Skelly, 45, pled guilty to Theft First Degree. Turpin was also ordered to pay over $1.3 million in restitution to Sound Transit. The case was handled by Senior DPA Amanda Froh and DPA Peter Lewicki.

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