A former Cameron County employee was sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing millions of dollars worth of fajitas.
Escamilla pleaded guilty to theft by a public servant yesterday and was handed a steep sentence of 50 years. "It got to the point where I couldn't control it anymore".
"It was selfish. It started small and got bigger and out of control".
Gilberto Escamilla got caught a year ago when 800 pounds of meat was delivered to Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center and he wasn't there to receive the order.
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.
Officials said he stole more than $1.2 million worth of fajita orders and delivered them to his own customers, the Herald reported.
Visiting state District Judge J. Manuel Banales was asked by Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Peter Gilman to sentence Escamilla to 50 years in order to send a "strong message" that theft by public servants will lead to a long prison sentence.
Escamilla was reportedly given a brief moment to say goodbye to his family before he was escorted out of the courtroom.
Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.