Brothers sentenced for listeria outbreak

DENVER, COLO. (KRQE) – The brothers who own the Colorado cantaloupe farm behind a deadly listeria outbreak were sentenced Tuesday.

Eric and Ryan Jensen pleaded guilty last year to six federal counts and under a plea deal they were sentenced to five years probation and six months of home detention.

The outbreak in 2011 killed 33 people including five New Mexicans. Two of those New Mexico families have filed a lawsuit in the case.

The Jensen brothers must also pay $150,000 in restitution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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