All five people convicted in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case are now in federal custody. Samuel Lightsey and Daniel Kilgore, the former plant manager and former operations manager, respectively, for PCA’s ill-fated peanut processing facility at Blakely, GA, have voluntarily surrendered to their assigned federal prisons. Peanut butter and peanut paste from that PCA plant was contaminated with Salmonella, causing an outbreak in 2008-09 that sickened thousands of people and led to nine deaths. The two former PCA managers were sentenced Oct. 1, but they were allowed to remain free until given an order by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to report to a specific facility. Lightsey, 51, is now serving his three-year prison sentence at Forrest City, AR, and Kilgore, 47, is doing his six years at Oakdale, LA. The two managers testified on behalf of the government during the trial after reaching plea agreements with prosecutors for sentence reductions. FCI Forrest City is a low-security federal correctional institution with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp. Almost 2,000 federal inmates are held in the two units. It has a reputation for holding those convicted of non-violent drug offenses. FCI Oakdale is a low-security federal correctional institution with about 1,400 inmates and is located in western Louisiana. It is known for holding convicted New Orleans politicians, most recently former Mayor Ray Nagin, who is serving a 10-year term for wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. Both prisons are all-male units, and each is located about 500 miles from Blakely, GA. As previously reported, Mary Wilkerson, 42, voluntarily surrendered to FCI Marianna located at Marianna, FL, after the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied her motion to remain free while her conviction and sentence are both appealed. Unless those appeals are successful, BOP says she will remain in custody until March 10, 2020. Appeal notices, requests for transcript production, and lawyer assignments for the pending appellate action have been filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta, but no actual appeal briefs have yet been submitted. Brothers Stewart Parnell, 61, and Michael Parnell, 56, were sentenced on Sept. 21 to 28 years and 20 years in federal prison, respectively, after both men were convicted by a jury one year earlier on a long list of fraud and conspiracy charges. The Parnells were immediately ordered into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Stewart Parnell is the former president and CEO of PCA, and Michael Parnell was a peanut broker who did business with the company. Prison registration numbers have been assigned to each of the Parnell brothers, but they are not yet in BOP custody. It is not unusual for the U.S. Marshals Service to hold federal prisoners for several weeks before they are given a permanent assignment. Both will mark their 60th day of time served this Saturday, Nov. 21.
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