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The Latest: Peanut Exec's Family Asks Judge to Show Mercy

Former Peanut Corporation of American owner Stewart Parnell
Posted at 2:28 PM, Sep 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 10:36:51-04

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - The latest developments in the sentencing of a former peanut company executive convicted in a deadly salmonella outbreak from 2008 and 2009.

The family of a former peanut executive is asking a federal judge to show mercy when sentencing him for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak.

Former Peanut Corporation of American owner Stewart Parnell buried his face in his hand Monday as his daughter told a federal judge "my dad's heart is genuine."

The daughter, Grey Adams, said her father and the rest of their family remain "profoundly sorry" for the outbreak in 2008 and 2009, which was blamed for nine deaths and 714 illnesses.

Parnell faces up to 803 years in prison. He was convicted a year ago of knowingly shipping contaminated peanut butter and faking results of lab tests.

Experts say Parnell and two co-defendants were the first U.S. food processors to stand trial in a food-poisoning case.

Three deaths linked to the outbreak occurred in Minnesota, two in Ohio, two in Virginia, one in Idaho and one in North Carolina.