Twins to serve prison time for multiple thefts
by Lindsay Field
January 19, 2013 12:00 AM | 3949 views | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hashim Hamlett
Hashim Hamlett
Salim Hamlett
Salim Hamlett
MARIETTA – Twin brothers from Mableton were convicted this week by a jury and sentenced to serve time in state prison for a series of thefts that took place at foreclosed homes in 2009.

Hashim Ali Hamlett and Salim Fakih Hamlett, ages 38, were found guilty and sentenced Thursday by Cobb Superior Court Judge S. Lark Ingram on two counts of burglary and four counts of theft by taking. The trial began Jan. 7.

Hashim Hamlett was sentenced to 20 years and Salim Hamlett to 30 years, both to serve in prison without parole.

According to arrest warrants from July 2009, the brothers are accused of going into a residence in the 5500 block of Timber Ridge Road in Roswell between and taking two leather sofas with matching ottomans, leather chairs with matching ottomans, two “rustic” wood end tables, a stainless steel refrigerator, one flat-screen TV, a washing machine and dryer, six tall candlesticks and decorative pillows.

The items were reportedly found in a home belonging to the brothers in the 400 block of Hilltop Circle in Mableton.

Items were also taken from a home in the 2800 block of Lower Roswell Road in Marietta, but the goods were not listed in the warrant.

The warrant also states that both homes were listed as “For Sale.”

A third person, John Leo Uggerud, was charged with two counts of theft by taking but acquitted of both charges.

Cobb Assistant District Attorney Marty First, who prosecuted the case, said, “We proved this case through a mountain of circumstantial evidence, including forensic computer analysis, e-mails, photos and some stolen property that was found at their residence in Mableton. The Hamletts were selling these items on Craigslist, netting them thousands of dollars.”

Salim Hamlett’s defense attorney Gary Jones declined to comment on the case, but Rick Christian, who represented Hashim Hamlett, said he believes his client is paying for charges that date back nearly 20 years when his client was arrested multiple times between 17 and 19 years old.

“It’s always disappointing to lose, but I think the judge’s sentence was fair,” Christian said Friday.
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January 19, 2013
These guys receive 20 and 30 years without parole for stealing some furniture. Yet if you read the story on the MDJ homepage aboutthe Marietta man that filed multiple years of false tax returns, receiving $2.8 million in fraudulent payments from the IRS over the last five years, may receive up to 5 years in prison. Huh???
January 20, 2013
I do think they deserve to server prison time but this is the most time I have seen anyone get for a non-Violent crime in my life. There have been people who have been convicted of murder and got shorter sentences than these two. As the old saying goes "crime doesn't pay.
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