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South Dakota Offender Cases
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
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