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Peanut Corp. of America owner facing life imprisonment for salmonella outbreak

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Sixty-one-year-old Lynchburg, Virginia-based Peanut Corp. of America president and owner Steve Parnell, who was convicted a year ago on federal felony charges in connection to a salmonella outbreak, is facing life imprisonment, according to court documents that described the sentencing guidelines.

Parnell’s brother and food broker, Michael, on the other hand, is facing 17 years behind bars, while a plant manager, Mary Wilkerson, could have a jail sentence of five years over the food safety trial that resulted in their felony conviction last year.

If Parnell is given a life sentence, this will be the first time that a food executive has been given such a serious penalty over a food poisoning outbreak.