NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former military couple convicted of abusing their foster children over several years will find out this week if their sentences will be increased.

In a rare ruling, a federal appeals court concluded the sentences were too lenient and sent the case back for resentencing.

Former Army Maj. John Jackson and his wife, Carolyn Jackson, were convicted on multiple counts of child endangerment in 2015.

An older sibling testified the children were beaten regularly and were forced to eat hot pepper flakes as punishment.

Prosecutors presented evidence the children suffered broken bones and other serious health problems and were severely underweight when they were removed from the family home.

Prosecutors had sought sentences of 15 to 19 years, but the judge sentenced the couple to probation and two years, respectively.