A former state legislator and CEO of a now defunct electronics recycling company once based in Ladysmith was sentenced this week in federal court for failing to pay employment taxes to the IRS.

Kevin Shibilski, 61, Merrill, was sentenced on Tuesday by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 33 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for failure to pay $858,101 in employment taxes to the IRS for tax years 2014-2016. On May 16, 2022, Shibilski pleaded guilty to failing to pay over employment taxes to the IRS from Pure Extractions Inc. and Wisconsin Logistics Solutions LLC.