Jensen's Youth Played A Powerful Part In Murder; Presents Challenges If Parole Granted

Jun 3, 2016

Dr. Antoinette Kavanaugh, left, explains the difference between juvenile thought processes and those of adults.
Credit Photo by Cara Hetland

Paul Dean Jensen was just 14 years old when he shot and killed Michael Hare in Stanley County. For that crime, Jensen was sentenced to life without parole, the mandatory penalty under South Dakota law. But now, 20 years later, U.S. Supreme Court rulings have given Jensen the opportunity to make a case for a lesser sentence. A clinical psychologist testified Thursday, June 2, that Jensen's potential release would require training and supervision to bring Jensen's life skills to an adult level.