SD Supreme Court To Consider Third-Chance Sentence For Juvenile Murderer

Feb 26, 2017

Paul Dean Jensen, right, sits with his lawyer, Jeff Larson, during his new sentence hearing in June 2016 in Fort Pierre.
Credit Victoria Wicks file photo

Paul Dean Jensen spent 20 years in prison, serving life without parole for a murder he committed in 1996 at the age of 14. In June, a judge reconsidered that penalty and imposed a 200 year sentence, with parole eligibility in 2021.

Now Jensen is appealing that second sentence. He says the sentencing judge abdicated his responsibilities to the parole board.

The South Dakota Supreme Court will consider this case on briefs during its March term. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

For comprehensive coverage of the sentence hearing in June, including a photo slide show and complete audio of Judge Brown's sentence and Paul Jensen's statement, click on the first link below.

More coverage follows that story.