Hart County man pleads guilty to Styrofoam cup tampering


A Kentucky man accused of putting glass shards in Styrofoam cups destined for fast-food restaurants pleaded guilty to charges of tampering with consumer products at U.S. District Court in Bowling Green.

Waylon J. Horton, 44 of Munfordville worked as an employee of Dart Container in Horse Cave, in the area of print setup on the production line for Styrofoam drinking cups. 

In July 2016, Horton placed pieces of broken glass in Styrofoam drinking cups that were then shipped to fast-food restaurants, according to U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman for the Western District of Kentucky. 

Glass pieces were later found in cups at three different restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

After receiving complaints, the container manufacturing plant put the distribution of Styrofoam cups that were produced in its facility on hold and seven additional boxes containing Styrofoam cups with broken glass were ultimately found. 

Horton was also charged at Hart Circuit Court with
139 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, 139 counts of possession of a destructive device or booby trap stemming from the same incidents, as well as one count of possession of marijuana.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney dismissed those counts due to the federal charges.

Horton could receive a maximum of 10 years in prison, followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a maximum fine of $250,000. 

 According to the plea agreement, Horton will also owe restitution in an amount to be determined at sentencing.  He is scheduled for sentencing before Judge Greg N. Stivers on Oct. 11 in Bowling Green.



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