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Man sentenced to 20 years for murder of girlfriend whose body was never found

The sentencing follows a plea agreement struck with prosecutors.

A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend and the mother of his children, who body has never been found.

Joshua Dow, 35, pleaded guilty last month to the murder of Adelle Jensen in November 2015, having initially pleaded guilty to 1st-degree sale of drugs and interference with a dead body.

He had been sentenced to 75 months for those crimes, and was due to be released in February, having initially told police that Jensen had shot herself, and he'd panicked and hidden her body.

But he later admitted that it was he who had pulled the trigger, which came after police obtained new evidence during the course of their four-year investigation.

During the sentencing, Jensen's family members addressed the court, including her mother, who said Dow is "solely and heinously responsible for taking away a beautiful young soul from God’s world."

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Following Jensen's disappearance in November 2015, Dow told officials he had last seen her walking down the street after they'd gone to a bar. Dow also said Jensen had a history of walking out on him because he was seeing someone else.

However, Dow's brother soon came forward, telling police that Jensen was dead and that he had been forced at gunpoint to help his brother move the body to a warehouse.

He also said that Dow told him Jensen had shot herself.

When he lead police to the warehouse, there was no body there, though a witness later reported that "Dow said he dismembered Jensen's body."

Dow was charged with the murder in May.

Dow and Jensen, who was 25 at the time of her death, had a daughter together.

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