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Sat Apr 21, 2018, 05:50 AM

Former Cameron County employee sentenced to 50 years for fajita theft

A former Cameron County juvenile detention center employee said he started out stealing small amounts of fajitas bought with county funds, but his scheme soon ballooned, spinning out of control.

“I feel horrible. I wish I could take this back. It was selfish,” 53-year-old Gilberto Escamilla said during his sentencing hearing Friday morning. “It started small and got bigger and out of control. It got to a point where I couldn’t control it anymore.”

Escamilla pleaded guilty Friday to theft by a public servant in front of visiting State District Judge J. Manuel Bañales, who sentenced the man to 50 years in prison. The judge dismissed an additional theft charge after the sentencing.

Members of the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit arrested Escamilla last year after a driver from Labatt Food Service in Harlingen called the detention center’s kitchen to let employees know their 800-pound delivery of fajitas arrived. Minor inmates at the DarrelB.HesterJuvenileDetentionCenter are not served fajitas.

The total value of the fajitas, which were stolen during a nine-year period, was $1,251,578. That figure does not include the brisket, pork chops, sausage and various types of chicken Escamilla also admitted to stealing, court testimony revealed.

Read more: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_32b24b3d-bea1-5c49-befe-5197fa9970f8.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 21, 2018, 06:42 AM

1. I'm sorry, but 50 years

that's a life sentence for theft (he's 50).
I get that it was a lot of money and over a long period of time, but come on.

A life sentence??

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Response to janterry (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 21, 2018, 06:54 AM

2. Compared to the crimes committed in other professions

the punishment seems to be too harsh. I'm leaning more in the range of 10-15 years.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 21, 2018, 11:03 AM

3. And Wall Streeters who cost us billions got how many years ? nt

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Sun Apr 29, 2018, 05:03 AM

4. And remarkable enough that it got the attention of Stephen Colbert!

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