Farmers Sentenced In Deadly Listeria Outbreak

DENVER (January 28, 2014) Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from a deadly listeria outbreak in 2011 were sentenced Tuesday in Denver to five years of probation and six months of home detention.

A federal magistrate Tuesday also ordered brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen to pay $150,000 each in restitution and to perform 100 hours of community service.

Each of the two read a statement, but neither showed any emotion during the hearing.

They pleaded guilty last year to counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

Relatives of seven of the 33 people killed in the outbreak testified during the sentencing hearing, with some asking for probation but others seeking prison time for the brothers.

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