A Nebraska man received 18 months in prison for selling uninspected meat to the Omaha Public Schools.
Paul Rosberg, 63, of Wausa received the highest sentence possible Friday under a plea agreement he made with the federal government.
Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf also sentenced Rosberg to a year of supervised release and fined him $8,450.
Rosberg owned Nebraska Finest Meats, a meat locker in Randolph, Neb.
He supplied 2,650 pounds of falsely labeled ground beef to the Omaha schools in 2011, saying it had been inspected by U.S. Department of Agriculture officials. It had not.
The government said Rosberg told his workers to mix meat that hadn't been inspected with meat that had and to deliver it to the school district in 10-pound rolls.
USDA agents intercepted the meat before it was served to students.
Rosberg pleaded guilty in September.
As part of the plea deal, the government dropped charges that Rosberg was trying to have witnesses against him killed. Two men alleged that Rosberg asked whether they would kill two witnesses in the meat inspection case and said that he would “make it worth their while,” according to court records.
Rosberg agreed to drop lawsuits against witnesses and to pay more than $8,400 to cover their legal and other expenses.
Rosberg formed the Nebraska Party in 2002 as an alternative to Republicans and Democrats. He was the party's candidate for governor that year.
The party is no longer officially recognized by Nebraska election officials, losing its legal status in 2009 after failing to capture at least 5 percent of the vote in federal elections the previous year.