Jensen Farms Owners Expected To Plead Guilty


The owners of a southern Colorado cantaloupe farm are expected to plead guilty.

A listeria outbreak, which spread to 28 states, led to the deaths of 33 people and sickened more than 100 others back in 2011. The cantaloupes came from Jensen Farms, near Holly, Colo. That's east of Lamar.

Brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen, the owners of the farm, turned themselves over to the U.S. Marshals in Denver late last month. According to the Department of Justice, the brothers didn't adequately clean the cantaloupe growing at their farm, and allegedly knew the fruit could become contaminated if not cleaned properly.

According to court documents, the Jensen brothers are expected to plead guilty to federal charges at a hearing later this month.

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