Davis Kiryakoz, the 44-year-old Modesto man who helped smuggle over a hundred bottles of premium wine from Thomas Keller’s Michelin-Starred The French Laundry on Christmas Day in 2014, has been sentenced to fifteen months in prison.
Kiryakoz plead guilty to the crime in December, after investigators discovered a treasure trove of rare vintages matching the description of the stolen items in Greensboro, North Carolina. The heist occurred on during a period when the celebrated restaurant had undergone renovations and included a number of big-ticket bottles like cult-favorite Screaming Eagle, and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, which has been valued as high as $15,000 a pop.
Kiryakoz’s partner in crime, Alfred Georgis, will change his plea in May, and has yet to undergo sentencing. The pair are also accused of stealing an additional combined $320,000 worth of wine from Alexander’s Steakhouse in Cupertino and SF wine store Fine Wines International in November of 2014. While French Laundry retrieved the entirety of its missing inventory after the distributor they were selling it to learned of the theft and reported them, Alexander’s bottles still have yet to be uncovered.
In addition to his jail time, Kiryakoz has been ordered to pay almost $600,000 in restitution to his victims.