Huron woman sentenced in 1987 stabbing of daughter paroled

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SIOUX FALLS — A Huron woman serving a 100-year prison sentence for killing her 3-year-old daughter by stabbing was granted parole earlier this month, according to a report by Dakota News.

65-year-old Debra Jenner appeared before the parole board in Sioux Falls on September 15. Her parole was granted subject to submission to psych evaluation within 90 days. She had spent three decades behind bars and was denied parole more than a dozen times.

Authorities say Jenner in April 1987 stabbed Abby Jenner more than 70 times with a toy metal airplane and a kitchen knife. She was sentenced the following year to life in prison.

Gov. Bill Janklow reduced the sentence to 100 years in return for Jenner admitting the crime in January 2003.

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