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Hare Family: Mike Was Loved And Deserves Justice; Jensen: He's A Changed Man

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Mike Hare's family, from left: sister Liz Hare, sister-in-law Alice Hare, and brother Jamie Hare.

Paul Dean Jensen was serving life without parole for the murder and kidnapping of Mike Hare when the U.S. Supreme Court gave Jensen a second chance. The inmate was 14 years old when he committed his crimes. He was tried as an adult, and under South Dakota law at the time, his life sentence was mandatory. He spent almost 20 years in prison, and then his sentence was reconsidered at a hearing in Fort Pierre, held on June 2-3. SDPB's Victoria Wicks covered the hearing and brings you the story of Mike Hare, the boy who killed him, and the debate about the future of Paul Dean Jensen, now that he has come of age inside prison.

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Paul Dean Jensen, now 34, turns to face Mike Hare's family as he gives a 10-minute statement at his hearing for sentence reconsideration.

Paul Jensen's statement to the court and Mike Hare's family

Sixth Circuit Presiding Judge John L. Brown pronounces a new sentence for murderer Paul Dean Jensen

Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.
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