Waylon J. Horton a Munfordville, Kentucky factory worker with Dart Container Corp sentenced for putting glass shards into plastic foam cups.
A Kentucky factory worker caught placing glass shards into shipments of plastic foam cups to fast food restaurants has been sentenced to five years in prison.
The sentencing follows Waylon J. Horton, 44, of Munfordville pleading guilty in July to tampering with consumer products according to a released statement from the US Attorney Russell M. Coleman.
‘Mr. Horton did real harm, placing both families and a major local employer at risk,’ Coleman said as part of his released statement. ‘And for that, federal prison time is just punishment.’
Horton was charged in 2016 after Michigan-based Dart Container Corp. contacted authorities about possible product tampering involving Horton while he was employed by the company at a plant in Horse Cave.
After Dart learned of the problem, it put distribution on hold for a time. A search turned up seven more boxes with cups that had broken glass in them.
The prosecutor’s office said Horton put glass in cups on two separate occasions in 2016 that were then shipped to fast food restaurants. The statement says glass pieces were found in cups at three different restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Prior to the the tampering incidents, Kentucky.com reported Horton becoming upset with his employer because after being informed he would have to begin working a longer shift.
Waylon J. Horton of Kentucky is accused of placing glass shards into shipments of Styrofoam cups to be sent to fast-food restaurants. He pleaded guilty in federal court to tampering with consumer products.https://t.co/WqViyOu2bK pic.twitter.com/bTZ2nXOnss
— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) July 19, 2018