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IMPREGNATING GIRLS NETS 9 LIFE TERMS

A man who impregnated his three pre-teen stepdaughters received the maximum punishment -- nine consecutive life sentences.

Thomas Dean Jensen, 27, of Reno acknowledged tearfully Tuesday that the sentence was appropriate. He was convicted of sexual assault charges Oct. 9 by a Washoe County jury that deliberated only 55 minutes.

One girl was 11 and a pair of twins were 12 when Jensen had sex with them. The three girls delivered babies within three weeks of each other. The babies were put up for adoption, and the girls now live in a group home.

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