Wis. man gets jail time for meatpacking plant fire

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 8 at 10:38 AM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man whose military flare sparked a fire at a meatpacking plant that caused $50 million in damage has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Joshua J. Popp also was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and 500 hours of community service after pleading guilty in August to reckless endangerment.

The 23-year-old apologized and said he took responsibility for his actions.

Prosecutors say Popp handed the flare to his 25-year-old brother in July. They say Kurtis J. Popp fired the flare, which landed on the roof of the nearby Patrick Cudahy Inc.

The judge ordered Joshua Popp to spend every July in jail for the next three years. He also was ordered not to own weapons or set off fireworks.

Kurtis Popp will be sentenced Oct. 26.

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