South Dakota Offender Cases

Paul Dean Jensen Jr. & Shawn Cameron Springer

Murderers: 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

Summary

On 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.
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Tim Caffrey

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

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Caffrey 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.

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Wilson Hughes

Name: Wilson Deontrez Hughes Victim: Arick Johnathon Strauser, 18 Age at time of murder: 16 Crime date: July 23, 2016 Crime location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota Partners in crime: Several other teens Murder method: Beating Convictions: Guilty plea to first degree manslaughter Sentence:  50 years in prison with 20 years suspended Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Jameson Annex
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Hughes and several other teens viciously beat Arick to the point where he was unrecognizable and left him under a garbage can. They returned several times over the next couple of hours to attack him more, with Hughes running over him with a bike and another assailant urinating on his face. They beat Arick so badly that his skull was separated from his neck. The attackers later posted a video of the crime on SnapChat. Only Hughes was held responsible. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison with 20 years suspended.

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