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Man pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend in 2015

Man pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend in 2015 Photo: Hennepin County Jail

Updated: November 08, 2019 02:58 PM

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend, who disappeared four years ago.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Friday that Joshua Dow entered the plea to second-degree murder in the death of Adelle Jensen. Authorities never found her body.

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In 2016, Dow was convicted of interference with a dead body and first-degree drug sale. He is still serving that sentence, which will expire in three months.

Man convicted of hiding body now charged with killing girlfriend

The attorney's office said Dow, his brother and Jensen were in downtown Minneapolis in the early morning hours of Nov. 18, 2015, but she left them at around 2:30 a.m. Jensen was shot around 5 a.m. on the same date in Dow's home in north Minneapolis. Prosecutors said Dow then took her body to a warehouse where he'd worked and stuffed it into a locker.

According to the attorney's office, Dow initially lied to police and Jensen's parents about seeing her, thus giving himself several days to dismember and hide her remains. He and his brother also allegedly chopped up the couch, which had Jensen's blood on it, and dumped it in various locations. He also forced his brother to help him move her body, get rid of the couch and paint the living room walls.

Dow and Jensen were separated at the time, but still did things together, the attorney's office said. They had a young daughter at the time.

Dow will be sentenced on Dec. 4 and will receive 20 years in prison, the attorney's office said.

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