Jensen lawyer wants lower bond
Mom charged in sons' deaths wants figure of $150,000 to be cut
Citing minimal criminal history and sentencing possibilities, a public defender representing 24-year-old Heather Jensen is seeking a bond reduction in the case.
“The charges in this case do not carry penalties of mandatory prison,” reads a motion filed by attorney Thea Reiff. “One consideration in the original setting of bond was apparently the fact that Ms. Jensen was extradited from Florida to be held on these charges. An evidential hearing is necessary to determine the weight this factor should play in the appropriate setting of bond.”
Jensen, who was arrested Jan. 16 at her mother’s home in Florida, has been held in Mesa County on $150,000 bond since her extradition from Florida.
Jensen wore eyeglasses in a brief court appearance Thursday and was outfitted in a brown jail jumpsuit, an indication she’s no longer being held in a maximum security section of the jail.
Reiff’s motion notes Jensen’s criminal past includes only a 2006 trespassing conviction and a 2012 third-degree assault conviction in Mesa County.
The District Attorney’s Office has yet to formally respond to the motion.
A bond hearing is scheduled for April 3 before District Judge Valerie Robison.
Jensen is charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor charge, including two counts of child abuse resulting in death, two counts of criminally negligent homicide and one count of false reporting to authorities, in connection with the deaths of her sons, William, 2, and Tyler, 4.
The boys died as a result of overheating in their mother’s Toyota 4Runner on the night of Nov. 27, 2012, on Grand Mesa. William died that night, while Tyler was removed from life support on Dec. 3. An arrest warrant affidavit alleges Jensen was having sex with a man and smoking marijuana as her boys were left alone inside their mother’s vehicle.
Robison has scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for May 1.