Jury delivers verdict in salmonella trial

Amid a recall, the FDA has begun a criminal inquiry into the Peanut Corporation of America's Blakely, Georgia, plant. (CNN Photo)

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted three people in connection with an outbreak of salmonella poisoning five years ago that sickened hundreds of people and was linked to a number of deaths.

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was found guilty Friday of conspiracy and other charges after a seven-week trial in Albany, Georgia.

Parnell, his brother, Michael Parnell, and quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson have been on trial since Aug. 1 on federal charges stemming from the 2008-2009 outbreak that sickened 714 and was linked to nine deaths.

Michael Parnell was found guilty of conspiracy. Wilkerson was found guilty of obstruction.

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