Dad gets 100 years for poisoning kids' soup

May 22, 2009 7:28:56 AM PDT
A Georgia man is sentenced to 100 years in prison for poisoning his children to extort money from Campbell's Soup Co. William Cunningham was sentenced Thursday after a jury found him guilty on seven counts of aggravated assault for forcing the children in 2006 to eat soup laced with prescription drugs and lighter fluid.

His 3-year-old son and 18-month-old daughter were hospitalized twice. A family member said the youngsters may suffer lifelong respiratory problems from lung damage caused by the lighter fluid. Cunningham's wife has since divorced him.

Cunningham pleaded guilty in 2007 to a federal charge of making false claims against Campbell's Soup by threatening to sue them over the contaminated soup.

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