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Jensen brothers get probation, home detention over 33 deaths from tainted cantaloupe

In 2011, a listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe grown at Colorado's Jensen Farms caused 33 deaths and 147 hospitalizations.

Now, the better part of three years later, Jensen Farm operators Eric and Ryan Jensen have been sentenced to five years' probation and six-months home detention following the sort of prosecution one lawyer said was "as rare as hen's teeth." Photos, video, a timeline and more below.

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