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Two men say they are guilty of huge wine theft, prosecutors demand max sentence

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Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Experts Judge The Annual International Wine Challenge

Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

SEATTLE – Two men have pleaded guilty to stealing more than half-a-million dollars of wine from a wine storage facility and then trying to burn the facility down.

It happened last November at Esqin Wine and Spirits in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood.

Samuel Harris and Luke Thesing entered their pleas Monday.

Harris pleaded guilty to attempted arson as well as theft and burglary charges.  Thesing pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges.

The nearly $650-thousand dollars in wine has since been recovered.  In an unrelated case, Harris also pleaded guilty to stealing $250,000 worth of wine from a woman in Bellevue in May of 2013.

Sentencing has been set for July 25th and Prosecutors say they will be asking for the maximum sentence

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