Louisville men are sentenced in $425,000 liquor theft

Three Louisville men were sentenced to jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to stealing about $425,000 worth of liquor in September 2009, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Vladimir Naranjo-Nieto, 37; Michael Prieto-Cruz, 32; and Efren Rodriguez-Hernandez, 28, were sentenced on charges of conspiracy and unlawful possession of stolen property by U.S. District Court Judge Karen Caldwell.

Naranjo-Nieto and Prieto-Cruz were sentenced to 30 months each and Rodrigues-Hernandez got 23 months. Juan D. Perez-Conzales and Mijail Zerquera, co-defendants in the case, were previously sentenced to 23 months in prison each, the release said.

The men admitted they stole two trailers full of liquor belonging to L.J. Rogers Trucking Company in Jeffersonville, Ind.

The trailer contained mostly Jim Beam and Brown-Forman brands of liquor, the release said.

The trailers were to be shipped to North Carolina and Kansas, but the men drove them to Louisville, where they tried to conceal the logos on the trailers with white paint.

They then drove the trucks to Mount Sterling and were later arrested at a truck stop. The men were planning to resell the liquor in New York, according to the release.

Federal law requires the men to serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentences, and also requires them to remain under probationary supervision for three years after their releases.