Jensen Victim's Employer Testifies To Trauma 20 Years After Murder

Jun 3, 2016

Dawnita Forell testifies to the continuing trauma she experiences 20 years after her employee, Michael Hare, was murdered by Paul Dean Jensen.
Credit Photo by Victoria Wicks

In a Fort Pierre courtroom, Paul Dean Jensen is up for reconsideration of his sentence. He robbed and murdered Michael Hare about 20 years ago, and because he was only 14 at the time, he now has a chance to argue for a sentence less than life without parole. Witnesses for Jensen say that he has changed over the years and now could be a productive member of society. But witnesses for the state testified that the crime remains fresh in their memories and has left wounds that are still raw today. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports from inside the Stanley County Courthouse.

Paul Dean Jensen, right, confers with his attorney, Jeff Larson, during the hearing to reconsider his life sentence.
Credit Photo by Cara Hetland