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Man sentenced in connection to death of girlfriend who disappeared 4 years ago

Updated: December 04, 2019 06:07 PM

A Minnesota man who pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend, who disappeared four years ago, was sentenced Wednesday.

Joshua Dow was sentenced by a judge to 20 years in prison on Wednesday. Dow will have to serve at least 13 years in prison – but will have the opportunity to spend the last third of his sentence out of jail, on parole.

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Dow pleaded guilty in November to second-degree murder in connection to the 2015 death of Adelle Jensen. Authorities never found Jensen's body.

During Dow's sentencing hearing, six of Adelle's family members shared how much pain and turmoil he's put them through. Adelle's mother, Cinda, said in part that she will never be completely whole again without her daughter. But, also that Addie's spirit is with the family every day and they plan to keep her memory alive. 

Emotions were raw – many times the family members fought through tears as they shared their statements feet away from the man who admitted to killing Adelle. David Jensen, Adelle's father, said after years of lies and deception, he didn't think Dow's apology that was read in court was sincere.

There is hope – David and Cinda have adopted Adelle's young daughter. Dow is her father, but lost custody to the Jensen family. Also, family members praised the work done by investigators, homicide detectives, and the criminal justice department for their work – calling them all, "Addie's Angels."


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"They kept working on this," David said. "For four years, gathering evidence – and I just can't say enough for all the work that they did," David added after the sentencing hearing about "Addie's Angels," as he was tearing up.

In 2016, Dow was convicted of interference with a dead body and first-degree drug sale.

Authorities 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 authorities 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.

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