‘Prison Is Just About As Bad As You Think It’s Going To Be,’ Says Man Who Spent 33 Years Behind Bars
In 1990, Jens Soering, the son of a German diplomat, was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and received two consecutive life terms for the 1985 deaths of Derek and Nancy Haysom, the parents of his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth.
“Prison is just about as bad as you think it’s going to be,” says Jens, claiming that, as a “small white guy,” he was a “natural victim” of other prisoners. Jens says he survived because he formed a “cartel” and went into the “loan-sharking” business with two fellow inmates.
WATCH: Paroled After Serving 33 Years For Double Homicide, Man Claims He Made A False Confession
Paroled in 2019, Jens was deported to his native Germany. He vehemently denies killing the Haysoms and insists he made a false confession to protect Elizabeth. Elizabeth, who was convicted of accessory before the fact, adamantly denies his claim.
Watch the video above to find out how Sheriff J. E. "Chip" Harding of Albemarle County, Virginia, helped to free Jens after three-plus decades behind bars.
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