Ex-Security Guard Pleads Guilty to Kentucky Bourbon Theft

Prosecutors said that a former security guard at a Kentucky distillery pleaded guilty on Friday to a misdemeanor charge under a deal with prosecutors and has agreed to testify against others accused in the theft of rare bourbons and other expensive whiskeys. 34-year-old Leslie Wright was indicted in May on a felony charge of complicity to receiving stolen property valued at more than $10,000, accused of taking $800 to look the other way while thieves stole 11 stainless steel barrels of spirits from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort. Prosecutors say a group of people who knew each other through softball formed a theft ring that had been stealing whiskey for at least seven years, making off with liquor from the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries valued at more than $100,000.