Jensen gets more time for plea deal

Heather Jensen

An attorney for a Palisade mother charged in her sons’ deaths told a judge Thursday she needs more time to consider a plea agreement in the case.

Public Defender Elsa Archambault requested, and was granted, a two-week continuance of arraignment for 25-year-old Heather Jensen. Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle did not object to the delay.

Jensen’s arraignment was moved to 9 a.m. June 13 before District Judge Valerie Robison.

Tuttle has not confirmed the proposed terms of a plea agreement offer still on the table in Jensen’s case.

Jensen, who gave a brief smile to the public gallery when she was escorted into court Thursday, is charged with two counts of child abuse resulting in death; two counts of criminally negligent homicide; and one count of false reporting to authorities, stemming from the deaths of her sons, William, 2, and Tyler, 4. The boys died as a result of overheating in their mother’s Toyota 4Runner after they were left alone in the vehicle on the night of Nov. 27, 2012, on Grand Mesa.

Robert and Diane Mathena, the brothers’ grandparents, sat in on Thursday’s hearing wearing T-shirts emblazoned with images of William and Tyler and messages such as, “Forever in Our Hearts.”

“It’s hard,” Robert Mathena said of the delay. “We’d like to get it over with.”


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