Jury delivers verdict in salmonella trial

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The head of a peanut company that distributed salmonella-tainted peanuts that sickened hundreds of people across the U.S. four years ago has been convicted of conspiracy and other charges.

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was found guilty Thursday during a federal trial in Albany, Ga.

Parnell, his brother, Michael Parnell, and quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson had been on trial since Aug. 1 on federal charges stemming from a salmonella outbreak five years ago that sickened 714 and was linked to nine deaths.