Girdwood teen gets 60 years for killing mother

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 21-year-old Girdwood man was sentenced to 60 years in prison Friday for the 1997 stabbing death of his mother.

Gregory Beaudoin was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Girdwood schoolteacher Karen Jensen.

A jury found Beaudoin guilty of murder last October, but concluded that a combination of mental illness and a brain injury caused him to commit the crime.

Superior Court Judge Milton Souter rejected a defense plea for a minimum 20-year sentence. Beaudoin must serve 20 years before being considered for parole.

Defense lawyer Michael Dieni called the sentence an injustice and said he will probably petition the governor for a pardon so Beaudoin can be placed in a treatment facility.

Beaudoin was injured in 1995 when he was struck by a motor home while he was under the influence of the drug LSD. The collision permanently destroyed part of his brain.

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