Bourbon heist case nearing a conclusion

Bourbon heist case nearing a conclusion

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - The world's largest bourbon heist case is nearing an end.

With Pappygate winding down, one question remains... What will happen with all that stolen bourbon?

Most likely it is going to go up in smoke.

Toby Curtsinger pleaded guilty Wednesday to orchestrating the theft of bourbon barrels from Kentucky distilleries over the course of several years.

He faces up to 15 years in prison.

The judge could order all that bourbon - including Pappy Van Winkle - to be burned to salvage the ethanol.

The Franklin County Sheriff said it is doubtful the bourbon could be saved because the barrels have sat aging in the uncontrolled temperatures of the sheriff's department basement for the past two years.

"We will destroy it, or whatever we are told to carry out, we will carry out that order to the T," Sheriff Pat Melton told LEX18. "We will invite the media to attend that order by the judge."

There is still one more person whose fate in the case has not been finalized.

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