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Posted on: May 12, 2017

5/12/2017 - 40-Year Sentence in "Red Berry Mansion" Theft

San Antonio, Texas, May 12, 2017: This week, 399th District Court Judge Frank Castro sentenced Kenneth McGraw, Jr. to 40 years in prison for committing theft valued at $20,000 to $100,000—a third-degree felony.

On October 24, 2016, in exchange for the defendant’s no contest plea, the defendant agreed to a term of 15 years. The defendant, however, failed to show up for his sentencing hearing, removed his GPS monitor, and fled the jurisdiction. While a fugitive from justice, he was arrested on drug charges and later brought back to Bexar County. Exposed to the entire range of punishment of 25 to 99 years or life in prison as a habitual offender, Judge Castro sentenced McGraw to 40 years.

In late 2014 and early 2015, workers with the City of San Antonio reported a massive theft at the historic Red Berry Mansion on the city’s East Side on Gembler Road. The city estimated the property loss at tens of thousands of dollars. On March 3, 2015, San Antonio Police Department officers learned that McGraw and his father, Kenneth McGraw, Sr., were involved in the mansion heist after they received a Crime Stoppers tip that the pair offered to sell them items from the Red Berry Mansion. Both were later arrested. Some of the property from the mansion was recovered; however, paintings and other artifacts are still missing. The city is trying to recover some of the lost property. If you have any information about the case, please call San Antonio Police.

Kenneth McGraw, Sr. is awaiting trial on the case in the 399th District Court. Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Edward A. Appelbaum and Kaytlyn Knowles from the Criminal Trial Division handled the case.

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