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Days after 15-year prison sentence, 'Pappygate' ringleader gets shock probation

Gilbert and Julie Curtsinger | Photo by Barton Bill

VERSAILLES, Ky. (WDKY) - Court records show the mastermind of a whiskey theft ring is about to leave jail days after receiving a 15-year prison sentence.

A judge has granted Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger shock probation less than a month after being sentenced for the scheme which led to the theft of tens of thousands of dollars' worth of bourbon from two distilleries. The high-profile case was commonly known as "Pappygate."

Authorities say Curtsinger loaded whiskey barrels into a pickup truck, covered them with a tarp and hauled them to potential buyers.

Curtsinger could be released as soon as the weekend.

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