Former Peanut Corp. of America owner Stewart Parnell and his co-defendants were sentenced Monday for fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and other charges in the huge 2008 Salmonella outbreak linked to PCA’s products.
Parnell received a 28-year sentence and his brother and food broker Michael Parnell was given a 20-year sentence. Mary Wilkerson, the plant’s quality assurance manager, received five years.
The salmonella outbreak in 2008 was traced back to peanut butter paste manufactured by PCA. Nine people died and were 714 sickened in 46 states. It caused one of the largest food recalls in American history and was the deadliest salmonella outbreak in recent years.