Man gets 50 years for stealing $1.2M worth of fajitas

Daily News Article - April 25, 2018


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) What did Gilberto Escamilla admit to doing?
b) For how long had he gotten away with the theft?

3. How was Mr. Escamilla caught?

4. What did Mr. Escamilla do with the fajitas he had delivered to (and paid for by) the detention facility?

5. a) What two provisions in Texas laws allowed for a 50 year prison sentence?
b) For what reason did Assistant DA Peter Gilman say the state asked for such a lengthy sentence?
c) Do you agree with the sentence and the reason for it? Explain your answer.

6. One reader commented that others should be held accountable as well, saying “how could no one else know this was going on for so long?” What do you think? Should anyone (in accounting, ordering, management) be held accountable in any way? Explain your answer.

7. During the trial, Mr. Escamilla said, ”I feel horrible. I wish I could take this back. It was selfish. It started small and got bigger and out of control," Escamilla said in his testimony. "It got to the point where I couldn't control it anymore." What is your reaction to his assertions?