- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Two former managers of a Georgia peanut plant whose testimony helped prosecutors convict their boss and send him to prison for selling salmonella-tainted food will soon learn their own sentences.

Sammy Lightsey and Danny Kilgore both served as operations manager of the Blakely, Georgia, plant linked in 2009 to salmonella that sickened 714 people and was blamed for nine deaths. They face sentencing Thursday by a federal judge in Albany.

Both men pleaded guilty and testified against their boss, former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, who was convicted last year of shipping tainted peanut products and faking results of lab tests for salmonella.

Parnell was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison, the stiffest criminal penalty ever for a U.S. producer in a food-borne illness case.

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