Puyallup man who killed 2 while protecting pot grow pleads guilty

TACOMA, Wash. -- The 36-year-old Puyallup man who killed two masked intruders at his home marijuana grow last December plead guilty Friday to federal drug and gun crimes.

Jeremy Capodanno is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison after pleading guilty to manufacturing marijuana and possession of a firearm, according to the US Attorney's Office.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, two masked men entered Capodanno's six-car garage Dec. 6, one day after marijuana was officially legalized in the state, looking for drugs and cash.

Deputies responded after Capodanno shot and killed both men and found nearly 200 marijuana plants growing in the garage's attic, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Capodanno will also forfeit nearly $670,000 in proceeds from the sale of two properties -- his Puyallup home and a second home in Kent, according to prosecutors. He will also hand over a 2008 Mercedes, a 2008 Toyota pickup and five guns.

"The defendant's conduct put the safety of our community and his family at risk. He armed himself expecting trouble, and unfortunately he got it," U. S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said in a Friday news release.

Capodanno will be sentenced in January.