Colorado inmate who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager to get a re-sentencing hearing next week

Erik Jensen, who was convicted of helping his friend kill the latter’s mother more than 20 years ago, is scheduled to be in court next week for a re-sentencing hearing, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

The hearing comes three years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave inmates like Jensen a chance to be considered for parole or reduced prison time for crimes they committed as teenagers.

Jensen and his friend, Nathan Ybanez, beat and strangled the latter’s mother in her Highlands Ranch Apartment in 1998. Ybanez, who said his parents abused him, was convicted of the murder when he was 16.

Both Jensen and Ybanez were affected by the 2016 Supreme Court ruling. Ybanez is eligible for parole on Dec. 1, 2020 after being granted a limited commutation by former Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Jensen’s re-sentencing hearing will be on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Douglas County.


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