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. Canadian Genius

    I wonder what coverage, if any, this story is getting in Saudi Arabia. This is acceptable behavior to them.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    what an fool!

    August 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kjh

    did anyone proofread this article before posting it online? this is ridiculous!

    August 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cnn janitor

      i did. i poofreed it. IT good storee. brain Smart reed storu

      August 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I guess I'm missing what you see....

      August 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • xxKatt

      Of course they didn't proofread it. They probably needed to get an article out within 3 minutes of finding out the verdict. This is huge breaking news. The writer was probably shaking with excitement. Kinda like I am.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coops

      The only words I care about are Jeffs and LIfe !!!! Who cares to read anything else? Yepeee ! Too bad it wasn't death.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigblackboy

    I'm going to make you my wife when arrive up here.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. justathought

    BIG MISTAKE! Don't mess with Texas!

    August 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      "Texas " has nothing to do with it.
      If anything....we're lucky there was any justice sreved at all in that God forsaken cesspool of a state.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coops

      Well said Justathought. Too bad Texas didn't gift him with an ride in the express lane to the chair !!

      August 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coops

      Norm doesn't like Texas courts system ???? Wait till Jeffs gets in the good ol Texas Prison system ! Even our criminals take care of sick ones like him.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexanGal

      Right on fellow Texan!!! and @Norm, what do you got against Texas and Texans? I dont go hating on anybody cuz there not from Texas. and fyi Texas is known for swift justice. As far as Texan prisons go, my brother was one of the jailers for 15 years and them prisoners treat each other pretty darn rough, so Jeffs will most likely get whats comin to him. The only thing thats scary is I live only 100 miles away from San Angelo, where he was tried. Hope they keep the creep locked up!

      August 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shell55

    I hope he becomes someone's "spiritual wife" in jail!

    August 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • YourSper*mDonor

      After he's there for a while he'll be the "spiritual bi@tch" of everyone, and they better do a group "session"

      August 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soul912

      a big guy's "spiritual wife" so his eyes can sparkle

      August 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    goes to show that its a real good thing casey anthony didnt get tried in texas – juries there know how to get the job done

    August 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Texas is just full of self righteous lunatics.
      It's not really something you want to brag about.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coops

      Hahahaha Norm must be from Florida.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexanGal

      Or from the North...

      August 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • everyones_guilty_in_texas

      Texas convicts everyone – guilty or innocent. Just ask Cameron Todd Willingham how his trial went...

      August 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NeedSun

    It's nice to see justice prevail in this country, as rare as that can be.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. garwin1

    Dead within 6 months.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oberon

      You really think his a**hole will last that long?

      August 10, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. bsitz

    Put him into general population!

    August 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael

    Which will soon be reduced to time served on appeal...

    August 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. @ moin

    YES.. a deff shows how diff and seperate all parts of America are. America is no longer 1 solid foundation.... it is just a bunch if political clowns passing the blame around. Soon CHina and Brasil are the superpowers.. and America is Afghanistan.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Norm

    So much for freedom of religion in the USA

    August 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      He was charged with raping young girls. Sorry if that's what your religion states you can do. And if you believe in it, well my religion states I can murder child rapists......we should both be able to practice our religion. Betcha my church has a lot more followers 🙂

      August 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone Star

      @Norm: Shut up you Sith lord. Religion is protected as long as it doesn't violate the law. It's disturbing that you see systematic r a p e as an acceptable holy sacrament. Go back to your kiddy p_o_r_n now. Freak.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Angry Sheep

    If Jesus died for our sins then why does sin still exist? Why are wolves allowed to be shepherds of Jesus' flock without being struck down by Jesus or our God in heaven? This man operated too long with out any form of protection from Jesus.. Jesus must condone this behavior as did Michael Jackson.. That's why Michael gave kids Jesus Juice.. This whole tragedy disgusts me. May this man and men like him have their souls locked in a cage for eternity.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • helpmejeebus

      I dunno

      August 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gort01

      Because god is not real...........along with all those other wacky bible characters

      August 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Jesus died so our sins could be forgiven. Not so that they wouldn't occur. That is our fault, not God's. You should learn more about the Bible and the point of Jesus' life on Earth my friend.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angry Sheep

      @jeebus: It was rhetorical and I was role playing a sheep. Please don't put too much thought into it.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Actually, Gort, the archaelogical record is siding more and more with the fact that many Biblical characters did exist.

      Whether you believe or do not believe in their significance pertaining to Faith is whole other question.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Well, then, Sheep, that is good to hear.

      Don't worry that didn't take too much thought.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angry Sheep

      @Dave: Our sins are forgiven out of repentance and hard work to right our wrongs, not by some megalomaniac being nailed to a cross. You should learn some common sense and your perfect book was written by flawed men. Your savior is an earthly being which goes against the first commandment. Have fun roasting in hades, but I suspect you'll be alone. 🙂 Have a blessed day.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angry Sheep

      @dave: "good to hear"? Are you judging me? That is NOT your job..

      August 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jack

    Some sentence. He's happy. He can have as many boyfriends as he desires. They should put him in solitary for the remainder of his life.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
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