A stolen vehicle. Two armed robbery attempts, one of them successful. And a police chase prior to an arrest. That's a full day for anyone -- but especially for a twelve year old, busted yesterday along with a wizened cohort, age sixteen. What happened? Here's how the cops describe it.
Erik Jensen was seventeenwhen he got mixed up in the deadly domestic drama of Nate Ybanez, his best buddy. Ybanez is now serving a life sentence for the 1998 murder of his mother, Julie; Jensen is also serving life without parole for helping him -- although whether he was involved in the actual kill ... More >>
With a nod to emerging brain science that contends adolescents are fundamentally different from adults -- and a stern rebuke to the one-size-fits-all approach to prosecuting underaged defendants in adult courts -- the United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that a mandatory sentence of life without ... More >>
I first encountered Josh Beckius, subject of "Redemption," this week's cover story, as a photograph in the Boulder newspaper. I'd read that some teenagers had been arrested in connection with a two-year-old murder at Basemar Cinema Savers, and here he was, a dark-haired kid posing with a base ... More >>
The truth may not set you free, but it illuminates The Exonerated.
From the week of July 14, 2005
The Pendulum Foundation keeps track of juveniles serving life.
Erik wanted to help his friend get out of the house. He succeeded -- they're both in prison for life.