Remember the great Pappy Van Winkle heist? Today, the man at the center of it all, Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
From 2008-15, Curtsinger and eight associates stole over $100,000 worth of bourbon, selling the bottles of Pappy to outside buyers for $800/bottle. Police were able to recover 17 barrels of bourbon, 20 cases of Pappy, and one stainless steel barrel of Eagle Rare worth $12,000. Officials said it was more whisky than one person could drink in a lifetime. Sadly, the barrels had to be destroyed because could have been tampered with, a crime in itself.
Is 15 years in prison a fair sentence for stealing one of the Bluegrass’ finest exports? You decide.