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Farmers to be sentenced in deadly listeria outbreak

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Two brothers are scheduled to appear in a federal court in Denver today after pleading guilty last year to charges related to a fatal listeria outbreak.

The brothers are both cantaloupe farmers who have been charged with introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce, a misdemeanor that comes with a maximum penalty of six years in prison and $1.5 million in finds.

After admitting they were guilty as charged, Eric and Ryan Jensen are now asking for probation. They say that serving six years in prison is excessive because justice has been served, thanks to new food guidelines that have since been implemented.

The deadly listeria outbreak killed 33 people while sickening 147 people others in 28 different states.

Meanwhile, the prosecutors are also requesting probation, as the Jensen brothers assisted in the investigation and also met with several of the victim’s families.

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