Clara Jetru “Jean” Jones Sorenson
November 24, 1907 in Fruita, Mesa County, Colorado
Died July 30, 1986 in Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana
Parents: William Lee Jones and Harriet Ella Craig
BUTTE MADAM, "Dirty Mouth Jean" Sorenson, 53, was on trial for murder in March 1960 for the death of Ted Record, 42, whom she shot and killed the previous June 30. It only took a Butte jury approximately two hours to acquit Sorenson, owner of the Stockman Bar, of the charge on March 29, 1960. Fast forward to June 1979, when Jean Sorenson was again on trial for yet another murder. The victim, this time, was a Butte visitor and Stockman Bar patron, Gerald Lojeski, 20, of Racine, Wis. Sorenson fatally shot Lojeski and wounded his friend, Sam Pernell, 22, of Philadelphia. It took a Butte jury only 90 minutes to find Sorenson guilty and on July 16, 1979, the 71-year-old woman was sentenced to 24 years in prison. She lost her appeals and began serving her sentence in December 1980. She was paroled in November 1982. Sorenson died in 1986 and is buried at Mountain View Cemetery.
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