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Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:32am

'Unprecedented' Sentence In Georgia Salmonella Case

Federal court officers are recommending a sentence of life in prison for a peanut executive convicted in a salmonella-poisoning case.

Former Peanut Corporation of American owner Stewart Parnell was convicted last fall of knowingly selling tainted peanut butter from his southwest Georgia plant.

Nine people died and hundreds were sickened in the salmonella outbreak.

An attorney for the victims called the life sentence "unprecedented." Parnell's attorney called it quote "truly absurd."

Federal judges are required to consider recommendations based on complex sentencing guidelines, but they are not bound by them.