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. judgecutioner

    Is that all?!

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

    Norm is retarded.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chuck Steak

    We can all hope that some 300 pounder in prison will teach Jeffs how to please HIM!!!

    August 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Opinionated

    Prison's gonna be a real trip for this guy.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conky2012

      Lol at everyone who thinks prison is going to be rough for him. They dont put people like him in with "bubba".

      August 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Just because hes not in general population does not mean anything. He will still fear for his life....look at Timothy Temendequois(sp) in Trenton State. Hes had janitors try and kill him and Ambrose Harris who killed the hitman for the hells angels in prison (mudman) says he is going to get him. CO's dont care about people like Warren Jeffs.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      If he goes to the Super Max in Colorado, he will have NO contact with any other inmate, ever.

      August 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Norm is a retard.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WHOCARES

    WHO CARE WHERE THEY PUT ME, I STILL GET TO USE THE PHONE EVERYDAY, AND CONTROL MY BRAINWASHED FOLLOWERS. JAIL OR NO JAIL, IM STILL CHARGE AND MY FOLLOWERS WILL DO MY BIDDING AS LONG AS IM ABLE TO BE IN CONTACT WITH THEM. THE POLICE ARE TOO STUPID TO REVOKE MY PHONE PRIVILEGES... SO, CONVICTION OR NOT, MY CONTROL IS UNCHANGED.... SUCKA'S!!!!

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

      Thats if big bubba lets you use the phone....

      August 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Barbara Loving

    Finally an intelligent jury.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Richard

    Wow! I guess there is a Joseph Smith!

    August 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Pope

    I don't know about what jesus will or won't protect but if this dude is going into prison in texass he is gonna need more than god to protect his @ssh0le. he will need a division of marines.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. unbelievable stuff

    Life in jail for raping ...Freedom Fame and Fortune for Casey Anthony for Killing . Hmmmm . Well at least the law works 50% of the time.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alyssa

    Put him in general population.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • rae

      Amen Sister!!!!

      August 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pleased

    The jury imposing the maximum sentence was pleasing. The judge ruling that the sentences be carried out consecutively was a nice touch that demonstrated his whole hearted approval of the jury's findings. This sick individual will not abuse another little girl for as long as he lives.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Or little boy

      August 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Or boy, the sick pig didnt discriminate!!

      August 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bubba

    And a collective cheer was just heard in cellblock C.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mireya

      What will happen to the parents of these girls? Nothing? They should be responsible as well for not protecting these young girls.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rae

    Now, he can PLEASE himself for the rest of his life!!!!

    August 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Karen

    Good, he is nothing but a psycho... They should more like him up...

    August 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
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