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 >>
By June of 1998, sixteen-year-old Nathan Ybanez couldn't take it any more. So he called his friend, seventeen-year-old Eric Jensen, to get him out of the house. And he got out, all right: In separate trials, both boys were convicted of the murder of Julie Ybanez, as detailed in Luke Turf's "Headed ... More >>
From the week of July 21, 2005
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.