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.