News & Noteworthy Media

As a committed member of the Jefferson County community & First Judicial District, Steve Jensen has participated in many ways throughout the years. The following are noteworthy articles that highlight some of Steve’s activities.

 
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Evergreen man found guilty of felony in shooting of bear cubs

Daniel C. Williams, the man who shot two bear cubs in Evergreen last year, was convicted by a jury last Thursday on charges related to the shooting after a four-day trial and nearly eight hours of deliberations.

Williams was found guilty of one felony — illegal discharge of a firearm — and two misdemeanors: illegal possession of wildlife and animal cruelty. The jury found him not guilty of two misdemeanor counts of hunting black bears out of season and one misdemeanor count of shooting from a public road.

He had pleaded not guilty to all charges on Jan. 25.

Deputy district attorney Steve Jensen said the trial was “hard fought” and that he was pleased with the outcome.

 
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Habitual Criminal Sentenced To 72 Years In Prison

The man convicted of escaping from the Jefferson County Jail and going on am 11-day crime spree has been sentenced to 72 years in prison. 

Travis Sandlin, 34, escaped from Jefferson County Jail on Oct. 5, 2014 by climbing out a small gap of fencing and dropping onto a roof. He was the first inmate to break out of the jail in its 27-year history.

“We asked for a little more but 72 years is a good sentence. Hopefully instead of trying to escape, you should take responsibility for what you do,” said Jeffco Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Jensen.

 
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Service dogs honored

Sit. Stay. Roll over.

Of the many tricks that folks have taught their canine companions, few compare to the tricks that hard-working service dogs pull off every day, whether they are helping the blind to see, watching for seizures or saving lives.

To honor service dogs, a bronze memorial statue will soon be unveiled at the Foothills Animal Shelter.

The memorial came about, in part, because former Golden Rotary Club president Steven Jensen was being mauled, voluntarily, by police dogs. As his son’s packmaster (Boy Scout Troop 130 Golden), Jensen said he would use his connections as chief deputy district attorney in Jefferson County to set up K-9 demonstrations for the boys. As part of those demonstrations, he would don a padded, protective suit, and get “sic’d.”

 
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Prosecutor likens 'rebirthing' session to 'torture'

Wrapped from head to toes in a sheet as part of a "rebirthing session," 10-year-old Candace Newmaker pleaded for help about 50 times, a Jefferson County prosecutor said Thursday in court.

Candace told four adults holding her down that she couldn't breathe and was going to die, but pressure to keep her inside the sheet was increased in a "monstrous" act "tantamount to cruel torture," Deputy District Attorney Steve Jensen said.

 
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How School Shooter Bruco Eastwood Changed State Law Seven Years Later

As we've reported, a December 15 hearing that could have given additional freedoms to Bruco Eastwood, who's lived at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo since being found not guilty by reason of insanity for the 2010 shooting at Deer Creek Middle School, was canceled at the last minute.

Among those relieved by this turn of events was Eastwood's prosecutor, Steve Jensen, who channeled his frustration over a judge's refusal to allow his psychiatric expert to interview the gunman into legislation requiring that court-ordered mental health examinations be recorded on audio and video.

 
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Columbine Killers, on Tape, Thanked 2 for Gun

In the weeks before the massacre at Columbine High School, the two teenage killers made a videotape in which they chillingly described the act they were about to commit and assured future viewers that they were acting alone and that no one knew what they were planning.

The teenagers, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, thanked [Mark Manes] for helping them obtain a weapon they would use when they burst into the school on April 20 and killed 13 people before killing themselves…

In arguing for a maximum penalty, Steven L. Jensen, the Jefferson County prosecutor, tried to convey to the judge that absent Mr. Manes's relationship with the killers, the tragedy might not have occurred.

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Gun seller pleads guilty

Mark Manes not only sold killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold the semiautomatic handgun they used in the Columbine High School shootings, he also gave Harris bullets the night before the murderous rampage.

Manes, who pleaded guilty to weapons charges Wednesday, sold Harris 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition April 19 for $25.

"Manes asked Harris if he was going shooting that night,'' prosecutor Steve Jensen said in court. "Harris said no, he was going shooting the next day.”

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Woman convicted of making bomb threat to high school

A Westminster woman was found guilty Friday of making a bomb threat to Pomona High School just eight days after the Columbine High School massacre.

Faye Holt, 35, was convicted of making a false report of explosives, a felony, and menacing without a weapon, a misdemeanor.

She could have been convicted of felony menacing with a deadly weapon, but the jury decided on the lesser misdemeanor count because no bomb was found.

"I'm very pleased with the jury's decision and I hope this sends out a message to those people who would try to utilize situations like the Columbine tragedy to scare others," prosector Steve Jensen said. "That type of behavior will not be tolerated."