When Erik Jensen was just 17, he was sentenced to life without parole for a murder he witnessed but did not commit. He turned to his father and mother as he was led from the courtroom with no understanding of what his sentence really meant.
“He was bewildered,” says Erik’s father, Curt Jensen. “He had no concept at that point of what [his sentence] really meant — how long that really meant and what was going to happen to the rest of his life.”
That was in 1998. To date, Erik has spent nearly half of his life behind bars.