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Warren Jeffs gets life in prison

Posted on: August 9, 2011

I do like happy endings to terrible stories. Thank goodness for Texas justice!

Warren Jeffs the renowned polygamist leader was sentenced today to life in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he took as his bride in what his church cult called a “spiritual marriage.” In addition, he also received a 20-year sentence for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl from his cult church.

Warren Jeffs was the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He claimed his religious rights were being violated. This narcissistic man represented himself after burning through seven high-powered attorneys. As most loser convicts, he routinely interrupted the proceedings and chose to stand silently in front of jurors for nearly half an hour during his closing arguments. He called just one defense witness, a church elder who read from Mormon scripture.

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism that believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven, has more than 10,000 followers who consider Jeffs to be God’s spokesman on Earth.

As you may remember he was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list and spent years evading arrest by crisscrossing the country as a fugitive. He was captured in 2006 and has been incarcerated ever since.

During the trial in Texas, several former members of the church testified that Jeffs ruled the group with a heavy and abusive hand.  Jeffs also allegedly excommunicated 60 church members he saw as a threat to his leadership, breaking up 300 families while stripping them of property and “reassigning” wives and children.

Prosecutors suggested that the polygamist leader told the girls they needed to have sex with him  in what Jeffs called “heavenly” or
“celestial” sessions  in order to atone for sins in his community. Several times in his journals, Jeffs wrote of God telling him to take more and more young girls as brides “who can be worked with and easily taught.”

This pedophile will be in jail for a long time. Hopefully young girls from this cult church will be safe from him and/or others who think that this is a religious right. According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Jeffs is 55-years-old and will be eligible for parole in 35 years.

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