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Sect Leader Warren Jeffs Gets Life In Prison

SAN ANGELO, Texas, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A Texas jury Tuesday sentenced polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs to life in prison for sex with underage girls he called “wives.”

The Salt Lake Tribune said the jurors in San Angelo conferred for 40 minutes before reaching the life sentence on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and 20 years in prison for one count of sexual assault of a child.

Prosecutor Eric Nichols told the jury the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had “perverted a religion to his own ends” and treated women and children as “property for sexual gratification and child bearing,” the Tribune said.

Jurors convicted Jeffs, 55, last week in connection with two plural marriages to girls 12 and 15. Prosecutors rested their case in the sentencing phase Monday. The defense then declined to call witnesses.

During the sentencing phase, prosecutors told jurors Jeffs took a total of 78 plural wives. Prosecutors said those wives included 12 girls he married at age 16 and another 12 he married at age 15 or younger.

Jurors also heard audio recordings of Jeffs giving sexual instruction to underage wives and having sex with girls inside a temple at the sect’s Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, Texas, the newspaper reported.

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  • http://www.dannyhaszard.com Danny Haszard

    The definition of a destructive religious cult is like alcoholism-if alcohol controls you instead of the other way around you are an alcoholic.
    If they try to ruin your reputation and break up your family for trying to get out then they are a cult!
    Please examine the Jehovah’s Witnesses pedophiles go door to door and come on our property.
    Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah’s Witnesses suppress evidence when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation.Whenever you surrender your logic and reason to anyone who asks you to trust them because they know better it’s possibly a cult.
    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….
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    • Raggs

      Whenever you surrender your logic and reason to anyone who asks you to trust them because they know better it’s possibly a cult.

      I say that IS our government…

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