‘Pappygate’ Ringleader To Leave Prison Just Weeks Into 15-Year Sentence

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 11:13:43-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 19) — The ringleader of the infamous "Pappygate" whiskey thefts was granted shock probation Friday, meaning he soon will leave prison after serving only about 30 days of his 15-year sentence.

A judge in Franklin County Circuit Court has granted shock probation for former Buffalo Trace distillery worker Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger.

A judge can grant shock probation if he or she determines an inmate’s experience in prison essential is too harsh and likely to be a deterrent for recitivism.

Curtsinger, 48, was sentenced in May to 15 years in prison for his central role in a scheme to steal thousands of dollars worth of bourbon from Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries.

Included in the thefts were some prized brands, including the world-famous and high-priced Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

Curtsinger will be release Sunday, 30 days into his sentence.