Melon Farmers Avoid Prison For Deadly Listeria Outbreak

Law360, New York (January 28, 2014, 5:50 PM EST) -- Cantaloupe farmers Eric and Ryan Jensen, who pled guilty to allowing a Listeria outbreak that killed 33 people in 2011, were sentenced Tuesday to six months of home detention, five years of probation and $150,000 in restitution.

The farmers will avoid jail time, having told the court that they tried to make up for allowing the sale of the tainted melons that sickened 147 people on top of the 33 fatalities. The farmers apologized to the disease victims' families in court earlier this month.

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