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Dems’ impeachment witness under fire for past anti-Trump comments, mentioning Barron Trump in joke

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Democratic Trump impeachment witness under fire for invoking Barron Trump’s name in joke at hearing
A Stanford Law professor is facing criticism after bringing up President Trump’s youngest son in a joke during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, sparking laughs from some in the House Judiciary Committee audience — and provoking a furious response from the White House.

The White House blasted Karlan as “classless” and the Trump campaign called her joke “disgusting.” First lady Melania Trump, Barron’s mother, was incensed.

“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” she tweeted. “Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”

Karlan later apologized but put in another dig at the president. “I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son. It was wrong of me to do that. I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he’s done that’s wrong, but I do regret having said that.”

Karlan is clearly not a fan of Trump. In a newly surfaced video from 2017, she told an American Constitution Society panel that she couldn’t stomach walking past the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. At the same event, she also accused Trump of sexually assaulting “more women than 99.99% of all of the people who have entered this country illegally.”

During Wednesday’s hearing, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., noted that Karlan had also appeared on an anti-Trump podcast, disparaged conservatives, and donated $1,200 to Barack Obama, $2,000 to Hillary Clinton, and $1,000 to Elizabeth Warren.

The controversy over Karlan’s joke overshadowed a day of testimony Wednesday where lawmakers and legal scholars sparred, with Democrats and their witnesses reviving concerns raised during the Russia probe, and Republicans and their sole witness arguing the impeachment of Trump seems “predetermined,” “woefully inadequate,” and “dangerous.” Click here for more on our top story.

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Demonstrators burn representations of the U.S. flag during a pro-government rally denouncing last week’s violent protests over a fuel price hike, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Trump administration considering sending 14,000 more US troops to Middle East over Iran threat: report. 
The Trump administration is considering sending as many as 14,000 additional troops, dozens of more ships and other military hardware to counter the growing threat of Iran, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move could double the number of U.S. military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May. President Trump is expected to make a decision on the new deployments as soon as this month.

Just last week, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatened to destroy the United States and its Middle Eastern allies, accusing them during a televised speech of instigating the violent protests that erupted in November after the announcement of massive fuel price hikes.

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U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Robb Chadwick speaks to the media at the main gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Hawaii, following a shooting. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Sailor at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard kills two civilians before turning gun on himself, report says
A sailor opened fire at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii on Wednesday, killing at least two civilians before he turned the gun on himself, Fox News has learned. The shooting took place near the USS Columbia, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine. The shooter was an active-duty U.S. Navy petty officer attached to the submarine, according to a Navy official. The gunman shot three civilians, two of whom died, before he shot himself in the head, according to a preliminary incident report viewed by Fox News. Officials did not immediately identify the shooter or victims. Click here for more
 
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Sailor Kills 2, Wounds 1 Before Taking Own Life At Pearl Harbor Base

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Security guards outside the main gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Hawaii, following a shooting by an active-duty U.S. Navy sailor.

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A U.S. Navy sailor shot and killed two civilian employees of the Defense Department and wounded a third, before killing himself at Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor military installation.

Rear Adm. Robb Chadwick, commander of Navy Region Hawaii, said the shooting occurred near dry dock 2 in the Naval shipyard at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Chadwick said the male shooter “has tentatively been identified as an active-duty sailor assigned to USS Columbia,” a nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine.

Chadwick said the names of the shooter and his victims would not be released until next-of-kin had been notified. He said the wounded civilian is in stable condition at a local hospital.

A motive for the shootings has not been identified and it is not known whether the victims were random or known to the shooter.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is home to nine Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, a guided missile cruiser and 15 attack submarines, plus the U.S. Air Force Pacific Command.

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Sen. Marco Rubio: Hong Kong has US support to defend freedom and autonomy against Chinese aggression

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As tensions remain high in Hong Kong, the United States has just sent its clearest message yet to Beijing: we will lead the world in standing with the people of Hong Kong as they defend their long-cherished freedoms and autonomy against the Chinese Communist Party’s growing aggression.

In November, President Trump signed my Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, giving the U.S. powerful new tools to deter Beijing’s growing interference and malign influence in Hong Kong’s affairs. President Trump’s decision follows the act’s near-unanimous, bipartisan passage in Congress.

One of the new tools enabled by the law is enhanced authority to allow the administration to sanction individuals responsible for some of the most egregious violations of the civil rights guaranteed to Hong Kongers: extrajudicial rendition, arbitrary detention, torture, and forced confession, as well as other infringements of human rights.

JAMES CARAFANO: WHAT HONG KONG UNREST TELLS US ABOUT CHINA’S PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD

Another requires the secretary of state to certify annually whether Hong Kong continues to warrant special status treatment under U.S. laws. The certification will include the secretary’s assessment of Hong Kong’s autonomy in government decision-making, law enforcement and extradition requests, universal suffrage, judicial independence, security functions, export controls, and sanctions enforcement.

These powers will help ensure that the people of Hong Kong are not subjected to the same oppressive laws that China inflicts upon the mainland and instead maintain the vital freedoms, like the independent political, judiciary, and economic systems that they are guaranteed under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong’s Basic Law.

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It should come as no surprise that Beijing is not pleased with America’s strengthened posture, attacking the law as a “piece of waste paper” and “serious provocation against the entire Chinese people.” Hong Kong’s special economic status under the “one country, two systems” framework provides tremendous material riches to the Chinese Communist Party, so the threat of losing that capital flow is no doubt harrowing.

But that framework has also ingrained a distinct set of values — including a desire for basic civil rights and the rule of law — in the people of Hong Kong, leaving them with an increasingly separate cultural-political identity from the mainland.

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For Chinese President Xi Jinping and the rest of the Communist Party, this is unacceptable. It poses a threat to the central legitimacy of the regime, which is contingent on stability derived from ideological and cultural conformity.

Whether in Xinjiang, Tibet, or elsewhere, China has worked to squash what it sees as threats to that conformity and to sinicize disparate populations. Even if Beijing’s strategies differ individually case by case, we cannot allow them to apply the same general rulebook to the people of Hong Kong.

Worryingly, we’re starting to see signs of this. At Beijing’s behest, Hong Kong police and security forces are escalating their use of force to stamp out the city’s growing protest movement, yielding indiscriminate physical violence and extensive urban destruction.

Now multiple citizens of Hong Kong have tragically lost their lives amid the crackdown. Thousands more have been detained, and we have seen reports of others interrogated and tortured for their participation in the protests.

American policymakers too often fail to keep pace with the Chinese Communist Party because we underestimate their intentions and do not take them seriously. In recently leaked internal documents, Xi Jinping declared that China must use its “organs of dictatorship” in its “struggle against terrorism, infiltration and separatism,” showing “absolutely no mercy” to those who threaten his regime. The party defines security by the absence of those threats at home and abroad, leaving us with no clear limits to the party’s ambition.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

To ensure balance and deter Chinese aggression, we must take these threats seriously — and be ready to act to defend our national interests, the God-given rights of all, and the rule of law.

Our Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act — and the powerful tools it has authorized — is an important step that demonstrates America’s unwavering commitment not only to the people of Hong Kong but also to establishing a balanced and sustainable long-term relationship with China.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM SEN. MARCO RUBIO

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Trump And Boris Johnson Take Center Stage In Jimmy Fallon’s New Talk Show

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“The Tonight Show” host on Wednesday jumped into character as both of the world leaders for the United Kingdom-themed “Impeachment After Dark” segment in honor of this week’s NATO summit in London.

Fallon as Trump rambled on about the impeachment inquiry before the pair discovered they could share a similar past.

Check out the clip above.

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Sen. Marco Rubio: Hong Kong has US support to defend freedom and autonomy against Chinese aggression

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As tensions remain high in Hong Kong, the United States has just sent its clearest message yet to Beijing: we will lead the world in standing with the people of Hong Kong as they defend their long-cherished freedoms and autonomy against the Chinese Communist Party’s growing aggression.

In November, President Trump signed my Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, giving the U.S. powerful new tools to deter Beijing’s growing interference and malign influence in Hong Kong’s affairs. President Trump’s decision follows the act’s near-unanimous, bipartisan passage in Congress.

One of the new tools enabled by the law is enhanced authority to allow the administration to sanction individuals responsible for some of the most egregious violations of the civil rights guaranteed to Hong Kongers: extrajudicial rendition, arbitrary detention, torture, and forced confession, as well as other infringements of human rights.

JAMES CARAFANO: WHAT HONG KONG UNREST TELLS US ABOUT CHINA’S PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD

Another requires the secretary of state to certify annually whether Hong Kong continues to warrant special status treatment under U.S. laws. The certification will include the secretary’s assessment of Hong Kong’s autonomy in government decision-making, law enforcement and extradition requests, universal suffrage, judicial independence, security functions, export controls, and sanctions enforcement.

These powers will help ensure that the people of Hong Kong are not subjected to the same oppressive laws that China inflicts upon the mainland and instead maintain the vital freedoms, like the independent political, judiciary, and economic systems that they are guaranteed under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong’s Basic Law.

More from Opinion

It should come as no surprise that Beijing is not pleased with America’s strengthened posture, attacking the law as a “piece of waste paper” and “serious provocation against the entire Chinese people.” Hong Kong’s special economic status under the “one country, two systems” framework provides tremendous material riches to the Chinese Communist Party, so the threat of losing that capital flow is no doubt harrowing.

But that framework has also ingrained a distinct set of values — including a desire for basic civil rights and the rule of law — in the people of Hong Kong, leaving them with an increasingly separate cultural-political identity from the mainland.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTER

For Chinese President Xi Jinping and the rest of the Communist Party, this is unacceptable. It poses a threat to the central legitimacy of the regime, which is contingent on stability derived from ideological and cultural conformity.

Whether in Xinjiang, Tibet, or elsewhere, China has worked to squash what it sees as threats to that conformity and to sinicize disparate populations. Even if Beijing’s strategies differ individually case by case, we cannot allow them to apply the same general rulebook to the people of Hong Kong.

Worryingly, we’re starting to see signs of this. At Beijing’s behest, Hong Kong police and security forces are escalating their use of force to stamp out the city’s growing protest movement, yielding indiscriminate physical violence and extensive urban destruction.

Now multiple citizens of Hong Kong have tragically lost their lives amid the crackdown. Thousands more have been detained, and we have seen reports of others interrogated and tortured for their participation in the protests.

American policymakers too often fail to keep pace with the Chinese Communist Party because we underestimate their intentions and do not take them seriously. In recently leaked internal documents, Xi Jinping declared that China must use its “organs of dictatorship” in its “struggle against terrorism, infiltration and separatism,” showing “absolutely no mercy” to those who threaten his regime. The party defines security by the absence of those threats at home and abroad, leaving us with no clear limits to the party’s ambition.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

To ensure balance and deter Chinese aggression, we must take these threats seriously — and be ready to act to defend our national interests, the God-given rights of all, and the rule of law.

Our Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act — and the powerful tools it has authorized — is an important step that demonstrates America’s unwavering commitment not only to the people of Hong Kong but also to establishing a balanced and sustainable long-term relationship with China.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM SEN. MARCO RUBIO

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Disney Unveils Massive New Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance Ride

Disney on Wednesday unveiled its latest “Star Wars” attraction, a sprawling ride at one of its Orlando theme parks that takes guests into the heart of a First Order Star Destroyer.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance formally opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday morning, with a twin version of the ride making its debut at Disneyland in Anaheim in January.

Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, called the ride the “most ambitious, immersive, advanced, action-packed attraction we’ve ever created.”

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Set after the Battle of Crait depicted in 2017′s “The Last Jedi,” the ride takes place in several phases. After the first portion of the queue ― in which a holographic Rey (Daisy Ridley) explains the mission― guests are taken to a transport ship to leave Black Spire Outpost, the name of the settlement depicted in the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at the theme park.

Naturally, something goes wrong.

The ship is captured and riders disembark into a massive hanger aboard a Star Destroyer, with dozens of stormtroopers ― both stationary and animatronic ― keeping watch.

Disney workers dressed in First Order uniforms bark orders at guests, who are treated as captured spies being sent for interrogation by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the main antagonist of the latest films.

There’s a breakout, and riders board vehicles that take them through the Star Destroyer with Kylo Ren in hot pursuit. Along the way guests encounter video and/or animatronic versions of Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Gen. Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), BB-8, AT-AT walkers and a new character, Lt. Bek.

The ride blends practical sets and animatronics with screens in what Disney is calling one of its longest-ever attractions at roughly 15-20 minutes (plus a wait that will likely stretch into hours).

Fans are already impressed:

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Democratic Rep. Denny Heck takes shots at Trump, GOP as he announces retirement plans

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck said Wednesday that he’ll retire from Congress when his fourth term ends next year.

The 67-year-old Democrat from Washington state used the announcement as an opportunity to slam President Trump and other Republicans.

In a letter to supporters, Heck – a member of the House Intelligence Committee — said the Russia investigation and the Trump impeachment inquiry have left him discouraged and “rendered my soul weary.”

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“I will never understand how some of my colleagues, in many ways good people, could ignore or deny the president’s unrelenting attack on a free press, his vicious character assassination of anyone who disagreed with him, and his demonstrably very distant relationship with the truth,” Heck said.

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U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 3, 2019. (Associated Press)

Heck has represented Washington’s 10th Congressional District, located southwest of Seattle. It encompasses the state capital of Olympia and is considered a Democratic stronghold.

Rep. Dan Newhouse, a Republican from central Washington, said he was proud to have worked with Heck on issues important to the state, including reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank and returning a 9,000-year-old skeleton dubbed “The Ancient One” to local Native American tribes.

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Born in Vancouver, Wash., Heck was a state lawmaker who was first elected to office at age 24. He later served as chief of staff to then-Gov. Booth Gardner from 1989 to 1993.

Heck has declined to endorse some priorities of progressive Democrats, including the Green New Deal and Medicare for all.

He was expected to face at least one Democratic primary in 2020: Joshua Collins, a 26-year-old truck driver and Democratic Socialist who supports the major points on the progressive agenda.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Fox News Legal Analyst Explains Why He ‘Certainly Would’ Vote To Impeach Trump

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Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano on Wednesday said if he were in Congress, he would “certainly” vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom,” Napolitano said he believed “the Democrats have credibly argued that [Trump] committed impeachable offenses” in the Ukraine scandal.

“The easiest one, because this existed in Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, is obstruction of Congress,” he explained. “So, by directing his subordinates to refuse to comply with lawfully issued subpoenas, whether it’s for testimony or for documents, that’s an impeachable offense.”

“We know that from history, every time the House of Representatives has looked at that with respect to a president, they found it to be impeachable,” Napolitano added. “On that, reasonable minds cannot disagree without rejecting history and without rejecting constitutional norms.”

Host Bill Hemmer then asked Napolitano, “If you were in the House, would you vote for impeachment?”

“I certainly would. I’m never going to be in the House. I would on that count,” Napolitano responded, before noting how “reasonable minds” could also disagree on the issue of Trump’s intent for holding up military aid to Ukraine.

In his later response about the House Judiciary Committee’s opening hearing in the impeachment inquiry, Napolitano said it likely wouldn’t do much to change public perception — but warned “letting Trump be Trump is not good enough under the Constitution.”

“We don’t lower the bar because the president has unorthodox ways,” he added. “The bar is intentionally broad and even ambiguous as to what high crimes and misdemeanors are. We learned today that the Democrats apparently intend to include in there things we didn’t know they were going to include, like bribery, like the obstruction of justice allegations which were made by (former special counsel) Bob Mueller long before the Ukraine case came to the public’s attention.”

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Stacking the deck: Impeachment hearing spotlights anti-Trump professors

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I didn’t expect much from the House Judiciary hearing, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Democrats have already decided to impeach Donald Trump, and stacked the witness table with three professors who passionately insisted that the House has no choice. Only one professor said impeachment was absolutely not warranted.

These are smart and learned academics, but the deck was obviously stacked.

The committee’s top leaders set the tone Wednesday.

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Chairman Jerry Nadler declared that “never before in the history of the republic” has “the president engaged in a course of conduct that included all of the acts that most concerned the Framers.” The New York Democrat added that Trump’s “level of obstruction is without precedent.”

Ranking minority member Doug Collins blamed the proceedings on “a deep-seated hatred” of Trump.

“This is not an impeachment. This is just a simple railroad job…You just don’t like the guy,” the Georgia Republican said.

And his party forced roll-call votes on such matters as postponing the hearing and forcing Adam Schiff and the whistleblower to testify, just to shake things up and make a point.

Whether or not you buy the president’s case that impeachment is a “hoax” and a “witch hunt”—a “dirty word,” Trump said from NATO in London–no one can deny that the process has been bathed in partisanship.

Democrats served notice they were firmly in charge by leaking, to Politico, Nadler’s private assurance to his colleagues that “I’m not going to take any s—.”

Any faint hope that the four professors would be appearing just as expert fact-finders was quickly dashed.

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Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina said that Trump’s abuses of power “are worse than the misconduct of any prior president.”

Pamela Karlan of Stanford said that “if we are to keep faith with the Constitution and our Republic, President Trump must be held to account.”

She got into it with Collins, who said the witnesses couldn’t have digested the Intel Committee’s report on impeachment, declaring: “I’m insulted by the suggestion that as a law professor I don’t care about those facts.”

It quickly emerged that Karlan had recently donated a thousand bucks to Elizabeth Warren.

Jonathan Turley of George Washington University, the only critical witness, said Democrats were using “the shortest proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record, and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president.”

Turley made a point of saying he didn’t support Trump politically and had voted against him in 2016. But he said he is mad about this impeachment, as are his wife, his kids and his dogs. He got so much airtime that at times it seemed like the Turley Show.

But critics will note that Turley told the very same committee in 1998 that he supported Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

This was a check-the-box hearing, following the GOP’s example two decades ago, a bow in the direction of debating the standards for impeaching a chief executive. But relentless partisanship carried the day.

At one point, GOP congressman Steve Chabot quoted Nadler saying that impeachment would unnecessarily divide the country—back when Clinton was facing removal from office over the Monica Lewinsky debacle.

The public is growing tired of the process, and support for impeachment and removal seems stuck at 50 percent. Wednesday’s hearing added to the sense that House Democrats know full well what they want to do—and are determined to do it before Christmas.

By the same token, Senate Republicans know what they want to do and will acquit Trump in January, unless it drags on into February.

That’s why the Judiciary hearing felt like an empty exercise that didn’t move the needle and isn’t destined to be a ratings smash.

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Minneapolis man who killed girlfriend, hid body sentenced: prosecutors

A Minneapolis man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday in the death of his girlfriend, Adelle “Addie” Jensen, who disappeared four years ago and whose body has never been found, prosecutors announced.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Joshua Dow, 35, received 20 years in prison as part of a plea agreement, adding that he pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the death of his child’s mother, who was 25-years-old at the time of her death.

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New evidence has helped make it clear as to what happened to Jensen four years ago, according to a news release from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Dow shot Jensen on November 18, 2015, around 5 a.m. in his home in north Minneapolis. He then took Jensen’s body to a warehouse where he had worked and reportedly stuffed it into a locker. He later dismembered the body and disposed of the remains across the city, prosecutors said.

He and his brother chopped up a couch, which had Jensen’s blood on it, and dumped it in different locations, Fox 9 reported, adding that Dow also forced his brother to help him paint the living room walls to hide the evidence.

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Joshua Dow (left), Adelle “Addie” Jensen (Minnesota Department of Corrections/ Fox 9 File)

Dow lied to police and to Jensen’s parents about seeing her alive, prosecutors said.

During Wednesday’s sentencing, six members of Jensen’s family addressed the court reading victim impact statements.

Jensen’s mother said, “For the past four years, Joshua Dow has created many victims. [Victim’s minor daughter] has been without her mother, our girls have been without their sister, we have been without our beloved daughter. And many, many family members and friends have been devastated by the horrific murder of Adelle Katherine Jensen. Joshua Dow is solely and heinously responsible for taking away a beautiful young soul from God’s world.”

At the time of the shooting, the couple was reportedly separated.

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Dow was convicted of interference with a dead body and first-degree sale of drugs in 2016 and is still in prison on those charges, prosecutors said, adding that he was due to be released in February 2020.

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