(USA TODAY) Former peanut company executive Stewart Parnell faces a potential sentence of life behind bars Monday for his 2014 conviction on crimes behind a salmonella outbreak blamed for killing nine and sickening hundreds.
The 61-year-old former head of Peanut Corporation of America was scheduled to be sentenced in Georgia federal court with his brother and a former manager at the defunct company. They were found guilty in what some experts called the first food-poisoning trial of U.S. food processors.
The expected sentencings stem from U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings that traced a national salmonella outbreak to the Parnell company's peanut roasting plant in Blakely, Ga. The outbreak sickened 714 people in 46 states and may have contributed to nine deaths, the CDC reported.
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