Father, son sentenced over Bugman's unlawful use of pesticide

May 1 2012 - 9:14pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Raymond Wilson Jr. and his father, the owner and president of Bugman Pest and Lawn Inc., have entered pleas concerning the unlawful use of Fumitoxin, a registered pesticide.

Raymond Wilson Jr. agreed to a pretrial diversion on one count of using the pesticide improperly between Aug. 1, 2009, and Aug. 27, 2009, as an employee of his father's company.

If he completes his probation successfully, the case will be resolved, said Melodie Rydalch, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Raymond Wilson Sr. entered a guilty plea on behalf of the Bountiful company to one count of unlawful use of Fumitoxin.

The pleas were entered Tuesday in U.S. District Court before Judge Dale Kimbell.

Kimbell also sentenced both men Tuesday.

Raymond Wilson Jr. was placed on 12 months' probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.

Kimbell said the man can take classes on how to use pesticides but cannot work with any pesticides while on probation.

Raymond Wilson Sr.'s sentence is three years' probation, which runs concurrently with another federal sentence.

On behalf of Bugman Pest and Lawn, he was sentenced in January to three years' probation. He had pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to one count of unlawful use of a registered pesticide, a class A misdemeanor. The charges stem from Fumitoxin improperly used at a Layton home on Feb. 5, 2010.

Officials said the misuse of Fumitoxin caused the deaths of Rebecca Toone, 5, and her sister, Rachel Toone, 15 months old.

On Tuesday, prosecutors agreed to dismiss four other charges.

None of the charges were in connection with the deaths of the Toone sisters.

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