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(SD)-Sentence Of Teenage Killer Upheld

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/20/2017 12:37 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld concurrent 200-year sentences against a Pierre man who was 14 when he killed a cab driver more than two decades ago.

       Paul Dean Jensen Jr was given life without parole in 1996 when he was convicted of murder, kidnapping and other offenses in 1996 for the slaying that year of Michael Hare.

       Jensen was re-sentenced last year under a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles and was given the package totaling 200 years.

     The now-35 year old appealed, arguing his new sentence was still unconstitutional because it was functionally equivalent to life without parole, but the high court ruled he didn't establish that his sentence is cruel and unusual.  Jensen will be eligible for parole in 4 years


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