The salmonella could however be the tip of the iceberg. Fortune reported Friday "Dr. Ian Williams, who heads the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch at the Centers for Disease Control, explained that 714 illnesses are related to the outbreak, which may have led to “as many as 20,000 ill people across the United States,” per Consumerist."
Parnell's legal team have called a possible life sentence 'absurd' and deny he willingly hurt consumers.
Associated Press report his attorney said “We hope the judge will see that Stewart Parnell never meant to hurt anyone. He ate the peanut butter himself. He fed it to his children and to his grandchildren.”
That may be the case but in 2014 a federal jury convicted him of knowingly shipping tainted peanut butter.
If that verdict is correct the man has a lot to answer for.
But is life in jail a step too far or an appropriate sentence?
United States sentencing commission guidelines
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