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. Joan

    He didn't think he would ever be brought to justice. What a real sicko he is. He is a true child rapist and I hope he gets what he really deserves in jail!!! No children there Warren and good luck because you are going to need it where you are going!!!

    August 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marion

    Yay! Now to get the rest of his sick old man friends.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dmnewsi

    Warren Jeffs hoeing vegetables in a West Texas field! PRICELESS!

    August 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dontbendoverjeffs

    *in Dan Aykroyd's voice* his @ss is gonna be busier then a test bench in a plunger factory lol 🙂 justice has finally been served. Hope this sicko get's what he deserves!!

    August 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pkfops

    I guess Mit won't be on the ticket in 2012.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NoodleHat

    I may have messed my pants. It hurts too.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. konai

    yayyy another pervert IN JAIL HOPE YOU DROP THE SOAP 2648943837393367 TIMES AND GOINGGG 🙂

    August 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AV Dave

    Now he'll know what it's like to have multiple husbands!

    August 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Red

    Rot in Hell Jeffs you piece of crap

    August 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ramiro

    He's innocent ,

    August 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. te ontos onte

    his real problem is after he dies, hope he solves it before then. dead wrong because dead inside, nothing can be done without Christ, who will either be saviour or Judge to us all. alt0134 Carl

    August 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matrim

      No, I'm pretty sure his problem is going to be while he's alive: namely the general prison population.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mariaelena Santiago

    Very good news: He was a child rapist, he is going to paid everything what he did, he was the church debil not to able to hurt anymore child again.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mariaelena Santiago

    Very good news: He was a child rapist, he is going to paid everything what de did. He was the church debil not able to hurt child anymore again.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pat

    The devil comes in all forms its good to know he's going to his hell on earth (JAIL). Too bad Casey Anthony didn't Have the same sentence (Life in jail).

    August 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jk

      Amen!

      August 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • gfg

      casey was innocent, as there was no evidence. this guy recorded every one of his rap es so there was evidence. dont be a sheep

      August 10, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • brandon

      Pat.. you're not the sharpest knife in the kitchen drawer, are you?

      August 10, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. NRH

    A child is a child, and never should an adult take such actions as he did.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
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