Judge Rejects Motions From PCA Defendants for Release Pending Their Appeals

September 24, 2015

Motions by Stewart Parnell, Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson to be released from their prison terms while they appeal their convictions and sentences have all been denied by U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands.

On Monday, Sept. 21, Sands sentenced 61-year-old Stewart Parnell, former chief executive officer of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), to 28 years in prison for knowingly shipping peanut products contaminated with Salmonella. His peanut broker brother, Michael Parnell, 56, was sentenced to 20 years. Mary Wilkerson, 41, former quality assurance manager at PCA’s peanut processing plant in Blakely, GA, was sentenced to five years in…