JAIL TIME: Murderer To Collect State Pension

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Most people don’t mind when a convicted murderer is sent to prison, but things might be different in the case of Thomas Hansen.

The 72-year-old was convicted of second degree murder on Friday for the shooting death of his girlfriend. When he is sentenced in February, Hansen faces a mandatory 50-year prison term.

The catch is… Hansen’s pension.

While the state will be paying to keep him behind bars, taxpayers will continue to pay his pension.

State law allows Hansen to keep collecting his nearly $30,000 a year pension, which he earned while serving as Johnson County’s Emergency Management Director and as an Iowa City Firefighter.

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