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South Dakota Man Challenges Life Sentence

South Dakota Man Challenges Life Sentence

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man serving a life prison sentence without possibility of parole for a slaying committed when he was 14-years-old is asking to be resentenced.

Paul Dean Jensen Jr. argues that his sentence is illegal under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued last year that banned mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles.

Jensen was convicted of kidnapping, murder and other offenses for the 1996 killing of cab driver Michael Hare near Fort Pierre. Jensen was 14 at the time of the slaying.

Acting as his own lawyer, Jensen filed a motion to correct his sentence in circuit court. He also asked that a lawyer be appointed to represent him in the case.

Attorney General Marty Jackley argues that the Supreme Court ruling was not retroactive to Jensen’s case.

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