Paul Dean Jensen Jr. & Shawn Cameron SpringerMurderers: Paul Dean Jensen Jr., 14, & Shawn Cameron Springer, 16
Victim: Michael Hare, 28 Crime location: Pierre, South Dakota Crime date: January 26, 1996 Weapon: Handgun Murder method: Three gunshots at close range–one shot to the chest and two to the head Convictions: Springer–guilty plea to kidnapping; Jensen–Convicted at trial of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery, aiding and abetting grand theft, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery Sentences: Springer-261 years with parole eligibility in 33 years; Jensen-life without parole (LWOP) later reduced to 200 years Incarceration status: Springer & Jensen are incarcerated at the Mike Durfee State Prison and Jensen is eligible for initial parole in 2021 while Springer is eligible in 2029
SummaryOn that fateful winter night, Mike, a taxi-driver, picked up two teenage males who had called for a ride. The teens, Shaun Springer and Paul Jensen, went on to rob Mike of 30 dollars at gunpoint. Jensen then ordered Mike out of the vehicle and fatally shot him three times at close range, ignoring Mike’s pleas for his life. Springer pleaded guilty to kidnapping and agreed to testify against Jensen. Jensen was convicted at trial. Both offenders are now in prison and will be eligible for parole.
Paul Jensen & Shawn Springer
Victim: William Caffrey Age at time of murder: 17 & eight months Crime location: Martin, South Dakota Crime date: January 24, 1981 Weapon: .25 automatic pistol Murder method: Gunshot to the head Conviction: Guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter after his first-degree murder conviction was overturned Sentence: Life without parole (LWOP) later reduced to 237 years Incarceration status: Paroled
SummaryCaffrey killed his adoptive father William and stole his money, a crime which he was convicted of. After his first-degree murder conviction was reversed, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He was sentenced to LWOP but his sentence was commuted by Governor Mike Rounds and he was paroled in 2011.