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Judge denies Justin Hansen’s request for reduced sentence

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque judge has denied Justin Hansen’s request for a reduced sentence, according to court documents.


Justin Hansen

Hansen argued in an October motion to reconsider that his children were suffering the effects of his incarceration. And he asked the court to subtract from his sentence the 371 days he spent on GPS monitoring after he was released from jail. State District Judge Cindy Leos offered no explanation in a denial issued Wednesday.

Hansen is serving an 18-year sentence in the 2008 beating of Brittani Marcell, then a Cibola High School student. The crime went unsolved for nearly a decade.

Prosecutors said in their response that the court acknowledged there would be consequences to Hansen’s children.

“This is not a sufficient reason to reduce the well-deserved sentence imposed in this matter,” prosecutor David Waymire wrote.

Their mother, Waymire wrote, has also indicated that the children are “doing very well in her custody” and any harm they have suffered or are now suffering is because of Hansen.

Hansen said in his motion that one of his children was doing poorly in kindergarten and had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

He is being housed at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility near Las Cruces.