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Man sentenced to 15 months in prison for $500,000 wine theft from French Laundry restaurant

The French Laundry restaurant is in Yountville, Calif.
The French Laundry restaurant is in Yountville, Calif.
(Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

A federal judge in San Jose has sentenced a man to 15 months in prison following his conviction on a conspiracy charge stemming from the theft of more than $500,000 worth of wine from a famed Napa Valley restaurant.

U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Abraham Simmons said a judge sentenced Davis Kiryakoz on Tuesday.

Kiryakoz pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to transport stolen goods. Prosecutors say he acknowledged stealing 110 bottles of high-end wine from French Laundry — chef Thomas Keller’s restaurant — in December 2014 and later selling some of it to a buyer in North Carolina.

The stolen wine included a bottle that can cost up to $10,000.

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Kiryakoz also acknowledged stealing an additional $320,000 worth of wine from a steak house and a wine store.


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