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Former PCA plant managers to be sentenced

Two former plant managers of PCA will be sentenced in Federal Court Thursday. Two former plant managers of PCA will be sentenced in Federal Court Thursday.
Samuel Lightsey Samuel Lightsey
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Two former plant managers of the Peanut Corporation of America will be sentenced in Federal Court Thursday.

Samuel Lightsey and Daniel Kilgore will be sentenced after their former boss, PCA owner Stewart Parnell, received the harshest sentence ever for a U.S. producer in a food-borne illness case.

This September, a Federal Judge sentenced Stewart Parnell, his food broker brother Michael Parnell, and quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson to prison, after the trial at the center of a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

The outbreak in 2008 and 2009 was blamed for nine deaths and sickened several hundreds more, triggering one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history.

Stewart Parnell was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

His brother, Michael was sentenced to 20 years and Wilkerson five years.

Lightsey made a deal with prosecutors and obtained an agreement that limits his prison sentence to a maximum of six years.

Kilgore pleaded guilty to all charges against him, with an agreement that he won't be imprisoned for more than 12 years. 

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