Warren Jeffs sentenced to life in prison for sexual assault
August 9th, 2011
12:21 PM ET

Warren Jeffs sentenced to life in prison for sexual assault

Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday after a jury deliberated for only 30 minutes.

The polygamist sect leader was convicted last week on two counts of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old who were his "spiritual wives." The jury sentenced him to life in prison for the first count of aggravated sexual assault and 20 years for the second count of sexual assault plus a $10,000 fine. The sentences were the maximum allowed for each count. The judge ruled that the sentences be served consecutively.

On Monday, the two sides rested their cases, without the defense calling any witnesses.

Earlier Monday, jurors weighing punishment for Jeffs heard audio recordings that prosecutors say show he had sex with underage girls and encouraged group sex.

At times difficult to hear, one of the tapes recorded sounds of two people apparently engaging in intercourse. Other recordings captured Jeffs instructing what prosecutors say were underage girls in how to please him. Girls could be heard giggling in the background.

Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was charged after a 2008 raid on a ranch his church operates near Eldorado, Texas.

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  1. Leslie Wayne

    Good job! What about the girls parents?
    America needs to have a clear message of "Leave children alone."
    Our children should see and hear from us "We will protect you. You are safe."

    August 10, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. drewster

    My god is the sun. I can live without your god, but you can't live without mine. Take that brainwashers!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Noxious.Sunshine

    I thought that Guy was based out of Arizona City or something? Oh well. I think all religion is a bunch of hogwash. Glad he finally got what he deserves.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. DONDA

    HE IS NO LONGER THE LEADER, NOW HE IS JUST A MEASILY FOLLOWER. AND HE WILL B AN UNHAPPY 1(LOL) QUESTION REMAINS...WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? AS LONG AS FLDS FUNCTIONS...THERE WILL B CHILDREN MOLESTERED.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sean

    Life sentence? For a child molester a life sentence might as well be called death by shank. Kudoh's to the Texas police for taking another twisted pervert out of this world.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Edumacted

    I really think that none of you responders read the article. This is why the U.S.A is in the position it's in! People think before you respond,, At least Texas didn't waste anymore time with this D-bag, it's too bad they didn't execute him.

    August 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Catchme22

    Why do all christians try to force god,jesus & bible on everyone?? As far as im concerned christians is one big cult itself..All you see now is some christian claiming he is god or jesus, and people say he is wrong?? I thought all christians belive in up above?? THE BIBLE IS JUST A BOOK OF THEORY..THAT BOOK HAS CAUSED WAR AND HATE EVERYWHERE IT GOES..ITS A BOOK OF HYPOCRITCAL THOUGHTS THAT IS A STEVEN KING BEST SELLER

    August 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Catchme22

    THE BIBLE IS A BOOK OF THEORY..IT CAUSES PAIN,WAR AND HATE EVERYWHERE IT GOES..IF THERE IS A DEVIL, THAT'S HIS BOOK AND HAS BRAINWASHED ALL CHRISTIANS AND CONTINUES..THIS RELIGION SOUNDS LIKE A STEPHEN KING BEST SELLER..LOL

    August 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Catchme22

    Its funny listening to all you followers argue about theory..this is why the book is evil..one interprets one view and the other does different view..at least muslims blow themselves up for a great cause, and keeping out what they think is trash "christians"..lol

    August 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Catchme22

    If there is SATAN, then he is loving it now..watching all the sheep slaughter themselves..how many cults are there? Luthern, baptist, morman, christians, jehova...etc..how many of satan cults are there? I can't think of one..lol..maybe satan is the real savior??

    August 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Bigbobber

    I think they ought to go after the rest of those child molesters in that Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I'll bet there's a lot of them, it seems to cultivate them and always has, they're all a bunch of perverts...

    August 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Cult of Personality

    @Catchme22 – I agree with you. Christians are all part of one huge cult network. And what's more, their pastors, reverends, ministers, priests, etc. try to convince you that unless you accept the lord, Jesus Christ, you are not going to go to heaven, but rather your soul will burn in hell. This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life. For sure, to me the Christians are no better than all these other cults that came and went...lol...

    August 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Catchme22

      @cult..as christians would say"amen my brother"..lol

      August 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fed up

    With tapes and witnesses, it still took three years to convict this guy? Now we have to pay for him to live in prison for the rest of his life. Do us tax payers a favor and put him in general population. Justice will finally be served.

    BTW, there is no god or heaven. When we die, we cease to exist. Now go enjoy life and make your own decisions.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dixiejet

      I feel very sorry for you, Fed up...because you have no hope. :o/

      September 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. missy

    I'm in complete shock reading some of these comments. This is about a perv, a sicko and you are going after each other. He went after children and all you care about is bashing one another. It is so sad to see where everyone stands. EVERY religion has a bad apple. Christian, muslim, etc. Get over it! Jeffs is an idiot. With any teaches, if you grow up in it, you're likely to follow it. Until you die or get a wake up call.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. cp2

    Wake me up when he is released :)

    August 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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