Koebel brothers to be sentenced

Two brothers charged in wake of E. coli outbreak that killed seven people and left 2,500 ill learn punishment Monday.

Two brothers who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the wake of an E. coli outbreak that left seven people dead and 2,500 others ill will hear what their punishment will be on Monday.

Former Walkerton utilities manager Stan Koebel and his brother Frank, who was water foreman, reached a plea bargain last month after admitting they failed to monitor and treat the town's water supply properly.

The offence, formally called common nuisance, carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail.

The E. coli outbreak in May 2000 led to an overhaul of Ontario's drinking water legislation.

Prosecutor Dave Foulds called for a sentence near the maximum for Stan Koebel, 51, and a conditional sentence or house arrest for his 46-year-old brother.

Defence lawyers portrayed them as decent, civic-minded men who meant no harm and spared victims and taxpayers a lengthy trial. They asked that the brothers be given conditional discharges, leaving them without criminal records.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Durno took the unusual step of recalling the lawyers Friday to listen to further arguments on sentencing.

He decided to delay his decision until after the weekend.