FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. — John R. Tyson, the chief financial officer for Tyson Foods Inc., pled guilty to two misdemeanors following his November arrest in Fayetteville.
Multiple local and national media outlets reported thatTyson was fined $150 per charge of public intoxication and criminal trespassing. Along with court costs, he paid a total of $440 in fines as part of his plea. Tyson Foods did not respond to requests to comment on the matter.
The charges come from a November 2022 incident when an unidentified woman, who did not know Tyson, called police after returning home and finding him asleep in her bed at her house in Fayetteville. Police identified him at the scene using his driver’s license.
During a Q4 earnings call last year, Tyson expressed his regret for the incident.
“I’m embarrassed, and I want to let you know that I take full responsibility for my actions,” Tyson said. “I also want to apologize to our investors as I have to our employees. This was an incident inconsistent with our company values, as well as my personal values. I just wanted you guys to hear this directly from me and to know that I’m committed to making sure this never happens again.”
At the time, Donnie King, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods added that the company takes the matter seriously.
“Our independent board of directors are overseeing a thorough review of this matter, and I’m confident in this independent process,” King said.
Tyson Foods did not provide comment following the plea deal this week.