Man gets 7 years for killing intruders at his illegal grow-op

Man gets 7 years for killing intruders at his illegal grow-op
Police respond to a shooting at an illegal marijuana grow-op December 2012 in Puyallup.

TACOMA, Wash. -- A 36-year-old Puyallup man was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for killing two masked men who broke into his illegal marijuana grow-op back in December 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Jeremey Capodanno pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana and possession of a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime in October.

In addition to the prison time, Capodanno was sentenced to three years of supervised release and will forfeit two vehicles, five guns and the $670,000 he made from selling his homes in Puyallup and Kent.

“This defendant knew the risks of drug dealing and armed himself with multiple weapons to protect his business,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a press release. “He invited violence to his child’s home and his community. He acted as judge, jury and executioner for the two men who came to rip his illegal operation.”

On Dec. 6, 2012, the first day of marijuana legalization, two masked men entered the six-car garage where Capodanno kept nearly 200 marijuana plants likely looking for drugs and money.

Capodanno grabbed a gun and went outside the house -- leaving his 9-year-old son inside -- and fired shots back into the house through the window. He then went into the garage and shot and killed both men.

Prosecutors described Capodanno as a longtime drug dealer whose more than a decade of selling pot has allowed him to purchase expensive real estate, boats, motorcycles and more.

He was arrested in April 2013 -- four months after the shooting.