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Mom whose sons overheated in SUV to be sentenced

Published On: Mar 21 2014 11:34:39 AM CDT

Mesa County Sheriff's Office

Heather Jensen


Family and friends of a woman found guilty of fatal child abuse in the deaths of her two young sons are asking a judge for leniency when she's sentenced Friday in Grand Junction.

Heather Jensen's sons overheated after she left them alone in her SUV in November 2012 while she met a man in a nearby vehicle. She was convicted in January but a jury acquitted her of criminally negligent homicide.
The Daily Sentinel reports that more than a dozen supporters sent letters to Judge Valerie Robinson. Cynthia Fenster of Grand Junction wrote that a prolonged sentence would compound Jensen's grief.
Prosecutors are asking the judge to consider allegations that Jensen failed drug tests while she was on probation for a previous case - a domestic violence incident with her late husband.