A Naugatuck man who was arrested after police said he poisoned his former boss's oatmeal, causing him to become severely sick, was arraigned Wednesday morning.
According to police, Waterbury Parks Department Supervisor Greg Tortora began experiencing severe stomach pain after eating oatmeal that he kept in a canister in his desk.
Tortora suspected William Lampron, 43, had done something to his daily breakfast routine because he had been experiencing problems with him over his standard of work.
After an investigation by police, it was determined that Lampron had added SpeedyDry to the oats.
SpeedyDry is a granular substance used to soak up liquid spills such as water, oil and antifreeze.
Lampron, who police said admitted to the crime, was arrested Dec. 5 and charged with second-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment.
"I don't think he was trying to hurt him. It's just out of character, spur of the moment he thought of doing," said Bill Hickey, who is Lampron's attorney. "It was the wrong thing to do obviously."
On Wednesday, Lampron, who has worked with Tortora for two years, appeared in Waterbury Superior Court and applied for accelerated rehab because he has no previous criminal record.
After his court appearance, Lampron said he is remorseful about his actions, but said he lost his temper.
"It's a foolish thing I've ever done and that's it," Lampron said.
Tortora told Eyewitness News that he still has a stomach issue and his doctor is watching it closely.
"I feel this has been bizarre for a supervisor to be poisoned over work," he said. "I think it's bizarre."
Tortora said that Lampron was a great worker until recently and even said the two were friends.
"That's the scary part," he said. "He just the last month or so he started acting up."
Police said Lampron had been on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, but he resigned shortly before his arrest.
Lampron should learn more when he returns to court Jan. 16.
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