2:00 p.m. Court adjourns for the day.
12:00 p.m. Second break. Lightsey went through PCA brochure and admitted that all the comments about quality products were a lie. He said if they were committed to high quality then they wouldn't falsify COAs. He says the comments about false COAs were made with Mike Parnell and not Stewart Parnell.
He said it deceives customers to retest a product with a positive test and then send it. He also said Parnell came down at least once a month.
Lightsey testified about the first positive test PCA received while he was working. He said it was the first positive test he received in 20 years of working in the industry. Says Stewart Parnell made the executive decision to send the product. Lightsey says he didn't feel comfortable sending it himself and that was up to Parnell.
11:30 a.m. Lightsey just testified that he found out mike Parnell and PCA were shipping products to Kellogg's with false certificate of analysis (COA) in early September. He attempted to stop the false COA's but Mike Parnell told him "I can handle Kellogg's. We've been shipping to them with false COAs since before you got here. I'll handle Kellogg's. Don't worry about it."
Lightsey said he didn't know what to do and told them to keep shipping in that manner and that's when he made his mistake. He regrets making that choice and wishes he had stopped the process. He says he didn't quit his job because he wanted to fix things and needed to make a living. He says he would never have shipped out the product if he knew it would hurt someone. He says he knows he did now and pleaded guilty.
PCA didn't have the storage capacity to make peanut paste and produced the product straight into tankers that went to Kelloggs on same day.
9:40 a.m. Lightsey is going through the list of supervisors at his plant. He says Mary Wilkerson was in charge of COAs and would have seen all of the ones that came through the plant. She was responsible for pulling samples.
He also says he doesn't think Wilkerson was qualified for the position of quality assurance manager and didn't have the proper training.
Lightsey testifies that his direct boss was Stewart Parnell and Parnell was actively involved on a day to day basis.
9:15 a.m. Sammy Lightsey is walking through his work experience. Explains how he got the job at PCA and what he thought the job would entail as plant manager.
Judge warns the jury that Lightsey has pleaded guilty and may have an inclination to make untruthful statements in the government's favor.
Prosecutor asks Lightsey about the counts he plead guilty too. Lightsey says he faces a maximum of 76 years in jail and $1.75 million fine. Government is suggesting a six year maximum though with his cooperation.
Lightsey says he is here to "do what is right and take responsibility for what he did."
8:30 a.m. Sammy Lightsey called to the stand. He's the former plant manager who has pleaded guilty and is testifying as part of his plea deal. He is the first former PCA employee the jury has heard from.
11:40 a.m. Judge will let the jury leave for today. They will begin Friday morning with opening statements at 8 a.m.
11:37 a.m. Judge to jury: Trial day will start at 8 a.m. Will proceed until 2 p.m. Jury will be excused at 2 p.m. every day throughout the day.
11:17 a.m. Judge told attorneys he would give jury their instructions then let them break for lunch. Prosecution expressed concern to judge about splitting their opening statements if they break for lunch.Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.
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