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Thu Dec 20, 2018, 02:46 AM

Follow-up: Fajita case seeks appeal; Man claims he received ineffective counsel

BROWNSVILLE -- A former Cameron County employee serving 50 years in prison for stealing more than $1.2 million worth of fajitas during a nine-year period has appealed his sentence.

Gilberto Escamilla, 53, pleaded guilty on April 20 to theft by a public servant and visiting State District Judge J. Manuel Baņales sentenced him to five decades in prison for the theft that totaled $1,251,578.

The Cameron County District Attorney's Office Special Investigatoins Unit arrested Escamilla in 2017 after a driver from Labatt Food Service in Harlingen called the Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center to let the employees know that their 800-pound delivery of fajitas arrived. Fajitas are not on the menu at the detention center.

Defense attorney Ed Stapleton, who is representing Escamilla, filed the appeal on Monday.

Read more: https://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/fajita-case-seeks-appeal-man-claims-he-received-ineffective-counsel/article_3d40e45c-0312-11e9-bf6e-0bd30e854558.html

Earlier threads:
Man sentenced to 50 years for fajita theft appeals - May 2018

Former Cameron County employee sentenced to 50 years for fajita theft - Apr 2018

Cameron County DA's office looks into missing $1.2M of fajita purchases - Oct 2017

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