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Patrick Cudahy Fire Suspects In Courtroom>

The two brothers accused of firing a military flare that nearly burned down the Patrick Cudahy plant will go into a courtroom Monday.
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The two brothers accused of firing a military flare that nearly burned down the Patrick Cudahy plant will go into a courtroom Monday.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The two Milwaukee brothers accused of firing a military flare that sparked a $50 million fire are due in court.

Twenty-five-year-old Kurtis J. Popp and 23-year-old Joshua J. Popp are scheduled to be arranged Monday morning.

Each is charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety. The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Joshua Popp took the military flare while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and let his brother fire it July 5.

It landed on the roof of a Cudahy meatpacking plant, sparking the blaze.

Their attorneys have said they would seek a plea deal. Neither immediately returned a telephone message left over the weekend.

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