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This is an archived article that was published on sltrib. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted. Before a jury sent the year-old Jeffs to prison for life Tuesday, prosecutor Eric Nichols gave a forceful answer. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints leader was found guilty last week of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, who he took as polygamous wives. Prosecutors then exposed Jeffs' misdeeds during more than 20 years of his control of the sect: underage marriage, child abuse and the forced separation of men from their families, all under what Nichols called the guise of religion.Life Stinks (1991) - Molly's Many Layers Scene (7/11) - Movieclips
On Tuesday, the jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes before handing Jeffs the maximum possible sentence of life plus 20 years. He will be years old before he is eligible for parole. Nichols said it was a fitting sentence for a criminal like almost no other seen in the state of Texas. After the sentencing, Jeffs was driven from the courthouse to the Byrd Unit prison in Huntsville.
His trial was also like few others Texas juries have seen. After District Judge Barbara Walther denied multiple requests for more time to prepare, Jeffs fired his team of high-profile defense attorneys as testimony began. As prosecutors presented DNA evidence that Jeffs had fathered a baby with the older victim and played an audio recording of him assaulting the year-old girl, Jeffs launched into spirited defenses of polygamy and objections based on freedom of religion.
Jeffs' only defense witness was one of his own followers, who read passages from Mormon scripture at his leader's direction. Jeffs sat silently through his 30 minutes deated for a closing statement, mumbling only one sentence: "I am at peace. After Jeffs was found guilty, the sentencing phase of the trial began. Under Texas law, the jury metes out a sentence after hearing more evidence and testimony of other so-called bad acts. Jeffs was absent for his sentencing, when jurors heard sometimes-graphic testimony, including audio recordings of Jeffs apparently having sex in the baptismal font in his group's soaring white temple.
Prosecutors also showed evidence that Jeffs has 78 plural wives, including 12 girls married at age 16 and another 12 who were 15 or younger. Warren sex girls to testimony, he gave the girls' fathers or brothers their own young brides in exchange for the young brides and at least one parent was present at all of those wedding ceremonies. In supporting Jeffs, "we built this golden calf.
Now we have to decide: Do we love God or do we love the golden calf? They now have to begin the "long, painful process to fix the victims in his wake," Jessop said. But others aren't sure the news of the trial will break through to the people since Jeffs banned them from using the Internet earlier this year. Former FLDS member Rebecca Musser said while she celebrated the verdict and the sentence, it Warren sex girls not bring back the innocence stolen or free those in bondage.
Ezra Draper, who left the FLDS inwas pleased with the sentence, but said it was small compared to the damage Jeffs has done to people's lives. Jeffs lived a luxurious lifestyle while forcing his followers to live without conveniences such as television and the Internet. Brent Jeffs, another former FLDS member who testified his uncle Warren Jeffs molested him ashad a message for sect members: "We are out here, extending our hands to you, to anyone who wants to come out in any way.
Warren Jeffs is scheduled to be tried on one count of bigamy in a Texas courtroom in October. It was unclear Tuesday whether he will appeal his sexual assault sentence. How will Warren Jeffs serve his prison time?
Warren Jeffs will be processed into prison within the next 10 days, when officials will decide what security level to place him at, said Jason Clark, a spokesman for Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Jeffs has been controlling the FLDS through hundreds of phone calls a month made from a jail pay phone since his extradition to Texas early this year, former members say. But once he is in prison, Jeffs will only be able to call 10 people on a registered visitor list, Clark said. His phone calls will be limited to 15 minutes each and a total of minutes a month.
Legal Notices Obituaries Jobs Homes. Warren Jeffs' booking mug shot. The same jury that convicted Jeffs on child sex charges is set to begin deliberations Tuesday, Aug. Jeffs faces life in prison. The jury in Jeffs' sexual assault trial is set to hear closing arguments in the penalty phase of the trial and could issue up to years in prison.
Both the prosecution and defense rested their case in the penalty phase of the sexual assault trial of Jeffs, who was convicted on two counts of sexual assault of. Jeffs could get up to years in prison. Warren sex girls was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides in what his church deemed "spiritual marriages. The polygamist leader was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides in what his church deemed "spiritual marriages.
George, Utah. Polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, to his followers a prophet who speaks directly with God, is likely to continue to lead his church from behind bars after being sentenced Tuesday Aug. Jeffs' Texas sexual assault conviction is considered a victory for prosecutors and former church members who revile him.
But it may not mean much for the future of his church and the blindly faithful who follow him. Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints still revere him as a prophet, God's voice on earth, even though he was convicted for having sex with sect girls as young as Shown are temple beds.
This photo was entered as evidence in the Warren Jeffs trial. Prosecutors alleged Jeffs had sex with underage child brides inside the temple and ordered construction of a table that could be transformed into a bed with a plastic-covered mattress.
Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides in what his church deemed "spiritual marriages. The trial. What's next?Warren sex girls
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