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New Sentence For Lifer: 200 Years In Prison, Eligible For Parole In Five Years

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Twenty years after committing murder, South Dakota penitentiary inmate Paul Dean Jensen has been given a reduced sentence. Sixth Circuit Presiding Judge John L. Brown heard testimony for two full days, June 2-3, before setting the new sentence at 200 years. Jensen, just 14 at the time of the crime, had an extensive juvenile history, but supporters say he's found religion behind bars.

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Paul Jensen, right, now 34 years old, sits beside his attorney, Jeff Larson.

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