LOUISVLLE, Ky. (KT) - A former employee of a container manufacturing plant in Hart County has been sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release on federal charges of tampering with consumer products.
Waylon J. Horton, 44, worked on printers on production lines for Styrofoam drinking cups at the container manufacturing plant in Horse Cave, Kentucky in 2016, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky.
On two separate dates in July 2016, Horton placed pieces of broken glass into Styrofoam drinking cups that were then shipped to fast-food restaurants, court records showed.
Glass pieces were subsequently 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.
“Mr. Horton did real harm, placing both families and a major local employer at risk,” said U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman. “And for that, federal prison time is just punishment.”
Horton pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products on July 13, 2018.