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. five years ago has been convicted of conspiracy and other charges.

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

Parnell, his brother, Michael Parnell, and quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson have been on trial since Aug. 1 on federal charges stemming from a salmonella outbreak in 2008 and 2009 that sickened 714 and was linked to nine deaths.

Michael Parnell was also found guilty of conspiracy.