Washington Man Indicted by Feds for Killing Two Armed Intruders at Grow House

Washington Man Indicted by Feds for Killing Two Armed Intruders at Grow House

TACOMA, WA — A Washington state man who authorities say shot and killed two masked, armed intruders at his marijuana grow operation last year has been indicted on federal drug and gun charges.

Jeremy Peter Capodanno pleaded not guilty at a Thursday court hearing.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton ordered Capodanno held in custody, The Seattle Times reported. The judge scheduled a detention hearing for April 23. Trial was set for June 21.

Police said the 36-year-old shot and killed two men who broke into his Puyallup garage last Dec. 6, the day marijuana possession by adults became legal under state law. His 7-year-old son was home at the time.

The Pierce County prosecutor’s office determined that Capodanno acted in self-defense in the shootings.

“Regardless of whether you are operating an illegal enterprise, you still have the right to use deadly force in defense of yourself or others or your property,” Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.

A federal indictment unsealed Thursday accuses Capodanno of manufacturing marijuana as well as firing and possessing guns during a drug crime.

Seattle U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan argued Capodanno had the guns to protect his illegal drug business, which brought thieves to his door and jeopardized his son.

It was not clear if Capodanno had an attorney. If convicted he could face at least 15 years.

Prosecutors are also seeking to seize his two homes, two cars and his guns.

  • Mike

    It is a shame that the feds are interposing themselves in what should be a local matter. It’s one thing when they’re actively protecting citizens from corrupt or illegitimate political force in accordance with the Constitution. During the Civil Rights era, this was vital.

    Now we see the feds acting to deprive citizens of their rights. It’s a despicable intervention that is unwarranted. Bizarrely, the feds seem more interested in protecting the rights of criminals to feel safe robbing law-abiding growhouses than in protecting the public against such wanton and lawless behavior.

  • Freedom?

    So tired of this. We preach about justice but are guilty of hypocracy in this country as peoples lives are ruined by the Drug War and the Police State.

  • firetheliberals

    Until the facist Federal government stops persecuting citizens and in this case denying this man the right to protect himself and his property, we are all doomed. If there ever was a case where the supreme court should be involved, it is this one.

    The argument should be, what was Capodonna’ alternative, stand by, be robbed and killed?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Smith/100004245031426 Dave Smith

      And whose side would the supreme court come in on: the pot growing criminal enterprise or the armed intruders?

      • Mike

        As if the “armed intruders” aren’t clearly criminals attacking a citizen in their home…

        The people of Washington State did not vote an exemption for them at ANY point.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Smith/100004245031426 Dave Smith


          • http://www.facebook.com/yackery Robert Proctor

            And I hope that the case goes to the Supreme Court. This looks like an order from Obama to prosecute the drug war and deprive citizens of the right to self defense. Copadanno is protecting his family and his legal property. Down with the tyrants.

  • http://twitter.com/kimrobinking kim robin king

    What really pisses me off is they are taking his home and cars. We do live in a facist country.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Smith/100004245031426 Dave Smith

    Jeremy was wrong and he should go to jail. He is not being charged with killing the two guys but for growing pot and using guns to protect the pot. We do not need heavily armed pot growers in the neighborhood shooting it out with intruders. This is not the old west or Mexico. Growing pot is a criminal enterprise and they always take the cars and property that’s the chance yo have to take.

    I don’t understand what Jeremy was thinking about when he called the cops and shot the two guys. He could have just stayed in the house and let the guys go. Two bags of pot was a small price to pay. I think Jeremy is a hot head and he got angry and lost his head. The story I heard is the two guys were trying to get away not attack him. When you are growing pot you can’t call the cops and expect that they will not charge you and take your house.

    • Mike

      Whatever. Most places in the US, this is good enough.

      “The Pierce County prosecutor’s office determined that Capodanno acted in self-defense in the shootings.”

      So in Washington State, you’re allowed to kill people who don’t represent an immediate threat? Otherwise you and Lindquist seem to be giving diverging stories.

      You’re telling me the local state’s attorney didn’t want to bring charges, but you have evidence to the contrary? Or what exactly? I presume it wasn’t an illegal grow as of the the date of the incident, BTW, but the lack of details doesn’t help either case.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Smith/100004245031426 Dave Smith

        It was an illegal grow. Washington state legal grows will not start until the end of this year and It was prosecuted in federal court where all grows are illegal anyway. The fact that the guys had guns and ski masks says it was not a social visit even if they were trying to get out of there.

        You would think that while Jeremy was growing his garden that the thought must have come across his mind. “What should I do about intruders” and if the answer is always “shoot em dead and call the cops” then Jeremy is a dumb criminal.

        If you are doing to do an illegal grow put up security doors and get a couple of dobermans to run in the yard and don’t shoot people.

        • Mike

          OK, thanks for the non-reply. You’ve got your axe to grind. If a local prosecutor declines to prosecute under state law, it’s a pretty clear-cut case that things are a lot more gray than the B&W scenario you are trying to paint. If the date of the crime was one day sooner, I could at least see your point. However, the voters and the local prosecutor did not see it your way, which strongly suggests things don’t line up like you suggest they should.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Smith/100004245031426 Dave Smith

            The date of the crime has nothing to do with it. Pot is still not legal to grow in Washington.

          • Mike

            And the local prosecutor did not find your argument persuasive in declining to charge Mr. Capodanno.

            What’s really troubling about your attitude is that you somehow believe that an association with marijuana automatically deprives the citizen of their rights. The local prosecutor did not see it that way, to their credit.

            More importantly, the people of Washington state clearly expressed their will that people do not surrender their rights by association with marijuana.

            All you’re doing is carrying water for the feds to usurp state jurisdiction in this matter in a rather bizarre manner. I understand that argument, but like the majority of citizens in Washington state have made clear, they reject it.

            Yours is also a bizarre argument in terms of public safety. Do we really want to declare open season on citizens on the cusp of legality? I doubt it. Having armed, masked intruders isn’t a good thing whether you’re growing pot or petunias. To suggest that the feds will be defending the right of thugs to rob — or worse — citizens going about their business, legal or illegal, is an open invitation to lawlessness on a vast scale. I think most of us want to remain secure in our families, homes, and businesses and not carve out some new civil right to rob folks over marijuana — protected by the feds.

            And we return yet again to the fact, whatever your assertion of federal authority, that Capodanno was within his rights in defending his son, his home, and his business against armed thugs invading his property according to the relevant local authorities.

  • RockyMissouri

    This is a disgusting move …..

  • puff n tuff

    the gov. hates competition…