Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Polygamist Leader Gets 10 Years

I would be happier about this verdict if Jeffs had been convicted of polygamy and aiding and abetting polygamy. I don't understand why that wasn't part of the indictment.

(CNN) -- A Utah judge Tuesday sentenced polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs to two consecutive prison terms of five years to life for his conviction on two counts of being an accomplice to rape, a court spokeswoman said.

The consecutive sentences mean Jeffs will serve at least 10 years. The exact amount of time he serves will be determined by the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole in the future.

Jeffs, 51, the "prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or FLDS, was convicted in September.

He was accused of using his religious influence over his followers to coerce a 14-year-old girl into marriage to her 19-year-old cousin...

Posted on 11/21/2007 6:32 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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