Man in prison for 2008 Albuquerque attack wants term reduced

October 30, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man serving 18 years in prison for beating an Albuquerque teenager with a shovel in 2008 is asking an Albuquerque judge to reduce the sentence.

A hearing on the motion is set for December for Justin Hansen, who was sent to a prison in Hobbs in July.

Lawyers for Hansen say his children are suffering the effects of his incarceration, with his oldest child diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Hansen pleaded no contest to aggravated burglary and attempted murder in connection with the attack on a then 17-year-old girl who was a Cibola High School student at the time.

Authorities say she was left blind in one eye and deaf in one ear as a result of the beating.