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Mon May 28, 2018, 02:38 AM

Man sentenced to 50 years for fajita theft appeals

BROWNSVILLE -- A former Cameron County employee sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas wants a new trial.

Attorneys Ed Stapleton and Sara Stapleton-Barrera filed a motion for a new trial based on ineffective assistance and an illegal basis for the sentence May 11 on behalf of Gilberto Escamilla, 53, who pleaded guilty to the charges and received the five-decade sentence April 20.

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 Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center’s kitchen to let employees know their 800-pound delivery of fajitas arrived.

Escamilla was in charge of that kitchen, and fajitas are not on the menu for the minor inmates incarcerated at the facility.

Read more: http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/man-sentenced-to-years-for-fajita-theft-appeals/article_ec9a2386-621e-11e8-bf16-6f36d8c65812.html

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