Kurtis Popp, 25, pleaded guilty this week for his role in a $50 million fire that damaged the Patrick Cudahy meat plant near Milwaukee, according to Meatingplace.com. His brother, 23-year-old Joshua Popp, already pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless endangerment. The two were charged for setting off the fire after shooting a military flare that ignited the plant in July.
Kurtis Popp had been charged with second-degree reckless endangerment. Prosecutors however amended the charge to being party to the crime. In exchange for Kurtis Popp's guilty plea, prosecutors consented to recommending a judge sentence him to as much as one year in jail, three years of probation and community service. They also would recommend that a prison sentence be imposed and stayed, requiring prison time only if Popp violated his probation, the AP reported.