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Buffalo Trace security guard expected to testify against bourbon theft 'ringleader'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former Buffalo Trace security guard, charged in a bourbon theft ring, will testify against the alleged ringleader as part of a plea deal.

Authorities say 35-year-old Leslie Wright was paid money to look the other way when a fellow employee, Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger, stole 11 bourbon barrels.

They say on two difference occasions, between Nov. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014, Wright allowed Curtsinger to take the stainless steel barrels of bourbon.

Wright was indicted in May and charged with "Complicity to receiving stolen property over $10,000," a class C felony punishable by five to 10 years behind bars.

On Friday, Wright pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of "Criminal facilitation to receive stolen property over $10,000," Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months behind bars.

In April, nine people were indicted for the bourbon thefts. Several have now pleaded guilty in the case, including Shawn Ballard and Ronnie Hubbard, and have agreed to testify against Curtsinger.

Former Frankfort Police officer Mike Wells is also expected to testify at trial and is not expected to be charged. He resigned after being accused of being involved in the bourbon and steroid ring.

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