Man sentenced to 50 years for stealing $1.2 million in fajitas

Prison worker jailed for 50 years after stealing £974,000 worth of fajitas

Prison worker jailed for 50 years after stealing £974,000 worth of fajitas

Gilberto Escamilla, 53, of south Texas, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing more than $1.2 million in fajitas with county funds.

A former juvenile detention center employee was sentenced to 50 years in prison for theft by a public servant.

He admitted theft by a public servant on Friday and was jailed for 50 years. "It got to the point where I couldn't control it anymore".

The Cameron County District Attorney's Office Special Investigations Unit arrested Escamilla past year after a driver from Labatt Food Service in Harlingen called the detention center's kitchen to let employees know their 800-pound delivery of fajitas arrived.

Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz tells The Brownsville Herald that Gilberto Escaramilla was sacked in August and arrested after authorities obtained a search warrant and found packages of the Tex-Mex food in his refrigerator.

According to the Brownsville Herald, he said: "It was selfish".

Texas District Attorney Luis V Saenz said a year ago following Escamilla's arrest: 'If it wasn't so serious, you'd think it was a Saturday Night Live skit.

Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Peter Gilman said the five-decade sentence would send a strong message to employees of the county.

Escamilla said goodbye to his family before he was taken down to begin his sentence.