A South Hill man whose marijuana-growing operation was discovered after he shot and killed two intruders last year pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to two crimes.
Jeremy Capodanno faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison after pleading guilty to manufacturing marijuana and possession of a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle reported.
Under the terms of his plea deal, Capodanno also will forfeit to the government five firearms, a 2008 Mercedes, a 2008 Toyota pickup and $670,000 in proceeds from the sale of his two homes.
He's to be sentenced Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.
"The defendant's conduct put the safety of our community at risk. He armed himself expecting trouble, and unfortunately he got it," U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a news release.
Capodanno opened fire on two people Dec. 6, 2012, after he found them inside his garage. The men were armed, wearing masks and carrying backpacks.
Roy Piercy of Roy and Frederick Adamkiewicz of Tacoma were killed. They were both 30. Authorities suspect they were attempting to steal marijuana and other assets attached to a marijuana-grow Capodanno had going in his garage.
Investigators found nearly 200 pot plants in a loft in the garage, growing equipment and other items used to grow and sell marijuana, court records show.
Capodanno was not charged with killing Piercy and Adamkiewicz.
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist decided that Capodanno had acted in self-defense in killing the men.