Two former top executives of Beech-Nut Nutritional Corp. were each sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in jail and fined $100,000 for distributing phony apple juice for babies.

"The fraud was too extensive and involved not to be punished," said U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt in sentencing Neils Hoyvald, 54, the former president and chief executive officer of the company.Without comment, Platt imposed the same sentence on Hoyvald's co-defendant, John Lavery, 56, a former vice president of Beech-Nut.

Hoyvald, in a brief but emotional plea before sentencing, asked Platt to spare him a prison term, to "please give me a small chance to start my life again."

But assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Roche called the case "one of the largest consumer frauds prosecuted by the Justice Department," and asked for a substantial prison term.