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. garwin1

    Ol' Warren Jeffs. Isn't that the guy in a Texas Prison with his hair in curlers and his boxers on backwards?

    August 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • kay

      ha ha yep thats him. Hope we can listen to the recording.

      August 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Too funny!

      August 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Man

    for us taxpayers, bullets and ropes are cheaper than life in prison – wish we'd go back to that.. may keep those people from acting stupid if you go straight to death. the problem with america is that we think putting them in a cell is going to do everyone justice and hopefully change him upon release (any criminal), however no one thinks about the cost to keep them alive when they don't deserve it. put'em in a hole and be done with it.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Bullets and ropes never stopped the criminals in the old days, why would it work now? Severe punishment has never been a deterrent to crime, you know that. If you don't help them before they become teenagers, it's pretty much too late.

      August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scott Pilgrim beat The World

    Jeffs better say what-what in the butt.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mizsherle

    He'll get a taste of his own medicine now.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. uh, Beavis............

    Hey Mormons,

    Explain to us the differences between Jeffs and Joseph Smith. I don't see a single one.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      I'm not Mormon, but the answer might be one of them got away with it.

      August 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • LDSMember

      Simple Warren Jeffs was a pedophile and a fake prophet. Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. Jeffs thinks he talked and saw God. Joseph Smith saw and talked with God the Father and His son Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. cyberCMDR

    Jeffs is probably wondering why his threats of damnation didn't cause the jury to cower and demand his release. It works with his flock. There are so many people and organizations in the world happy to take advantage of the gullible and weak, using religious symbolism to demand respect and obedience. For many believers, logic and reasoning are irrelevant, as questioning those who wear the mantle of religion might lead to their "going to eternal torment."

    We see the "Rapture is coming" crowd and people like Jeffs, yet most don't extrapolate the obvious illogic of these groups to critically examine their own beliefs. What each person believes must be the true faith, because that is what they were raised on. Of course, that is the same logic that keeps the FLDS community in line.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. timd

    In the big house they'll force him to grow a goatee so his mouth will look more like a vaj when he's servicing them.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. timd

    After a week in the joint, when he goes take a dump, he won't have to push.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Melissa

    Good. He needs to be locked away. Preferably without possibility of parole.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Texas

    Take note, God bless Texas justice... No tip-toeing done down here!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. denise

    too bad it wasnt sooner. the world will be better without him

    August 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nanbem82

      Well, the ongoing problem is that while Utah's "citizens" continue to disavow the FLDS, they continue to support and protect him. Just look what has taken place, and still continues to this very day, in and around Hildale, UT. Talk about hypocrites. The entire state, including law-makers and enforcers, ought to be ashamed, and many should be prosecuted for aiding and abetting these FLDS monsters. But, of course, they all cite ignorance about the matter, even though it's been going on for about 100 years.

      August 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wellthen

    This is turning out to be a good news day.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dilbert E. Gaff

    Jeffs was from *Utah*. The cult moved to Texas when the Utah/Arizona compound got raided.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jims Save

    The judge ruled that the sentences be served consecutively... Like that makes a difference...

    August 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSnord

      It makes a big difference. Consecutively means the sentences are added together. Concurrently would be serving the sentences at the same time, which effectively wipes out the shorter of the two. By sentencing him to serve his sentences consecutively, the judge ensured Jeff's would spend MORE time in prison, not less.

      August 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awesome-O

      Mathematically, it makes no difference, CSNord.

      August 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. matt

    Does Romney belong to one of these cults?

    August 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • LDSMember

      If you want to get techinical all religion is a cult.
      1: formal religious veneration : worship
      2: a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also : its body of adherents
      3: a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also : its body of adherents
      4: a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator
      5a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad b : the object of such devotion c : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion

      So as I was saying all religion can be classified as a cult. As for your question no Mitt Romney does not belong to the FLDS church he belongs to the LDS.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • LDSMember

      also that was from merriam-webster dictionary not wikipedia.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
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