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. Paul Willson

    I hope he gets the worst conditions the Texas prison system can offer. He is a monster . Now lets revisit removing
    the children from the FLDS compounds . If the appeal to freedom of religion ,ignore it .What they pratice is child abuse on a mass scale. End their liberty.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pmk1953

    He will now appeal on the grounds of inadequate legal representation because his new lawyers will say he should not have been able to represent himself. A man who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Slubert

    He should settle into prison nicely, and his cellmate Bubba will settle into him nicely.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brendan

    I think we need to start cutting penis off in America. Maybe that would show people how worng it is to be a worthless dirt bag klike this guy!

    August 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDMOM

      Even if they cut a perverts penis off, he will use something else to molest them with. Its the power of control.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. somuchfor

    Hooray. A fair sentence for a deviant manipulator.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 2EL8

    Now he will be somebody else's b!tch. Instead of having several wives he will have several husbands.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. caw

    I hope he screams like a twelve year old girl when he gets 'married' in prison and the relationship is consummated.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gary

    a bullet to the head seems appropriate. Put this sick phuck out of everybody's misery.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Beth

    Oh boy hope he likes it up the butt.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gary

    Doesn't matter if he likes it up the butt.........he is gonna get it.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve in LVNV

    Just wait until Jeffs meets his cellmate, Ben Dover.... Big fun for him!

    August 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick mcgimpsey

      Jeffs will be changing his name to Phil McCavity!

      August 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CCMars

    Apparently in a lot of prisons, harming children is considered the lowest of the low. Just keep Jeffs out of solitary confinement and let nature run its course.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      I agree! And, it is great news that the jury only took 30 minutes to decide on a life sentence.

      August 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Every prison.

      August 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gary

    For all Jeff's followers who believe in him, I have but one thing to say..........you are nuts. You want to cleanse the earth.....put a bullet in your head and start the cleansing now.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annette

      Exactly! Couldn't have said it any better!

      August 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    @KT:
    Well, excuse the hell out of me.
    That's why I asked the question, so I can have an answer with a dollop of sarcasm.
    Try not to be a b!tch.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bdgfn

    I hope he gets passed around from one cellmate named Bubba to another to another...it would serve him right.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
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