Repeat Offender Sentenced To Prison

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A man with an extensive history of drug abuse and criminal activity who has floated in and out of halfway houses will serve another stint behind bars after a judge recently sentenced him to nearly two years in prison.

In July of 2012, Payson police officers found Joshua Steven Jensen, 39, of Globe, stumbling through a Payson trailer park in his pajamas, convinced a television crew was filming him for a reality show.

Officers said Jensen was talking to himself, “highly delusional and paranoid” that cameras mounted in trees were watching him and that his children, whom he had not seen in years, were in danger, according to court documents.

When asked if he had used illegal drugs, Jensen told officers he had taken methamphetamine earlier. Officers found meth and a pipe in the waistline of his pajamas.

Jensen told officers he had a problem and needed help, according to court documents.

After initially pleading not guilty, Jensen pled guilty on Aug. 28, 2013 to possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia and has since been in custody.

During an interview with probation, Jensen again stated he had a problem with drugs, one that he had battled since first using marijuana at 16 years old and then meth starting at age 19.

Jensen has seven prior felony convictions, some for similar offenses, and served two terms in prison.

The father of four, Jensen said he only maintained contact with two of his children, which had taken a toll on him.

Despite repeated attempts by the courts and himself to stay clean, Jensen said he had several relapses and entered numerous halfway houses and rehabilitation centers, according to the pre-sentencing report.

He went on parole in 2008, completed the Steps House program and even helped establish a local rehabilitation program. But he relapsed, was arrested again and sent to prison. When he was paroled in 2011 and moved back to Payson, he went through the Steps House program again, but again relapsed.

Probation found that while Jensen had been given multiple opportunities for help, none have stuck.

“Despite this intervention, he has been unsuccessful in combating his addiction as he continues to cycle in and out of a lifestyle of drug abuse while accruing felony after felony,” a probation officer wrote.

Probation went on to recommended prison time while Judge Peter Cahill agreed with sentencing Jensen Oct. 7, 2013 to 1.9 years in the Department of Corrections and community service.

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