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. monnie

    here's hoping warren jeffs has a long miserable life in prison, and that he's the just first of many of his kind

    August 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shannon

    **Texan**

    August 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlboro Man

      @Shannon: **Ignorant**

      August 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaer

      "bush"

      August 9, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tomas

    hopefully the authorities will now turn their attention towards Doug Hutchinson and his child bride

    August 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banks

      one group of victims blinded by the love of god, the other blinded by the love of money

      August 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Larry

    Does anyone know what happens with his phone calls now? When he was on trial from jail he had unlimitd use of phone service and ran his sect with thousands of minutes of phone cards he could well afford with his illegal gotten gains. What happens to that in State prison?

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

      YES..He must submit a list of phone numbers,,a list of people he wants to mail and receive mail from,,and a list of people he wants to have visit him..The Prison MUST approve them or it won't happen...except his lawyer,,who also must be approved

      August 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicki

      That will stop now that he is convicted. He was "innocent" until proven guilty before.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shantilly

      Good question... shouldn't be that easy for him to teach the next sicko how to follow suit 😛

      August 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • richarddesanto

      Because of the Length of his sentence...life plus 20...He WILL be sent to a Maximum Security Prison

      August 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. I Am Adam Of Eden

    @George: Ok buddy you keep telling yourself that and maybe one day it will come true. I'm headed out of here asap and going to a place where the women aren't pig skins being passed around in a fundamental sport. People like you sure do a lot of preaching like you're trying to convince someone.. If you don't believe then you shouldn't care and therefore shut up. Keep worshiping your athletes and presidents.. I will ignore the false religions and move beyond all this into something better. Kinda sucks about losing Eve, but she made her choice to ignore me. Lol You're right though.. Seize the day and live for greatness everyday. Have fun in your eternal nothingness.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kitty

    QUESTION : Who is keeping an eye on the the rest of his "flock" to make sure they arent doing the same thing?!?!? Is anyone really that naive to believe that abuse of minors isn't systemic?!

    August 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Punctuation

    This just goes to show that any delusional person can call themselves a "prophet" and there will be delusional people that follow him.
    I am extremely glad that the jurors did their job.
    Notice what was absent from the courtroom?
    Cameras.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. EnClark

    He shouldn't be able to reproduce.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. richarddesanto

    God Bless the State Of Texas

    August 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • kellidesanto

      Amen !!

      August 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • richarddesanto

      kellidesanto...are we related ..?? I am from Cocoa Beach Florida

      August 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Duane

    Be careful Warren, Don't drop a bar of soap while taking a shower. By the way, Beside your own religion beliefs, touching the precious innocent children is unacceptable. Wish you the best while spending at your new home for the rest of your natural life.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pevem

    hopefully he is put into the general population.....they'll like that....

    August 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    He is where he belongs.
    Well done,Texas!

    August 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. scotonfires

    My heart goes out to the victims. Excuse me, I must go and give my granddaughters a hug.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tony

    only took 30 min. and people think this stuff is right he was making out and having kid with kids i hope big bubba likes his kind and cant believe a lawyer would represent him they both should be put in jail good luck warren jeffs in that texas prision

    August 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jmbtld

    i hope the florida jurors are paying attention........this is how it works folks.....you find the criminal guilty and you punish them accordingly......if it walks like a duck & it acts like a duck then it's a duck!....thank you texas for not losing sight of the reality of the situation.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
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