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

Photo by Victoria Wicks

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.

Credit Photo by Victoria Wicks
Paul Jensen, right, now 34 years old, sits beside his attorney, Jeff Larson.

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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