Court denies appeal for egg executives
DES MOINES (AP) — A father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak cannot further appeal their sentences for misdemeanor food safety violations, according to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The highest U.S. court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment Monday.
U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters each to three months in prison in April 2015, saying they knew or should have known about the risks posed by the presence of salmonella in and around millions of egg-laying hens. But he allowed the DeCosters to stay free while they appealed the sentences, which they argued were unconstitutional and unreasonably harsh.
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the sentences last July and stayed any action until the U.S. Supreme Court appeal was resolved. The case will now return to the 8th Circuit where judges will likely lift the stay and the DeCosters will be required to serve their sentences.