The Modesto man who pleaded guilty in December to the heist of over a half million dollars worth of wine from The French Laundry in Yountville was given a sentence of 15 months in prison, as the Associated Press reports. He was also ordered to pay $585,000 in restitution to his victims.
44-year-old Davis Kiryakoz was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in San Jose on one count of conspiracy to transport stolen goods, having admitted that he was the thief who stole 76 bottles of high-end wine on Christmas Day in 2014. He also admitted to stealing $320,000 worth of wine from Alexander's Steak House in Cupertino, some 39 bottles, as well as 142 bottles in 2013 from Fine Wines International in San Francisco. In total he was accused of robbing seven different businesses.
The trove included verticals (multiple vintages) of sought-after labels like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, a Burgundy producer whose wines regularly sell for upwards of $3,000 apiece, and can sell for as much as $15,000. Not long after the heist, in January 2015, the wines turned up in North Carolina where a wealthy collector realized that his recent purchase had been pilfered from the famed restaurant, and he cooperated with authorities and returned the wines whatever hadn't already been opened anyway.
It would be more than another year before the FBI arrested Kiryakoz, along with an accomplice, 53-year-old Alfred Georgis of Mountain View, who were seen on surveillance footage at the site of one of the crimes.
As the Chronicle reports, Kiryakoz's attorney had asked for a sentence of probation only, due to the fact that his client is caring for an ailing mother.
Georgis will no go on trial separately in May.
Previously: Man Pleads Guilty To $550K French Laundry Wine Heist