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. Greg

    Well, Jesus still oves him, doesn't he?

    August 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • b. Slider

      no he doen't ove him.

      August 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ted

    I wonder how long befor he meets "BUBBA"

    August 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • MiMomma

      Hopefully sooner than later. (Thought you meant all the budda's he'll find in prison). I certainly hope they don't put him in solitary confinement!!!

      August 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. samcnichol

    This guy Jeffs is NO Prophet. He is a pedophile. BIG Difference wouldn't you say?

    August 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Not always.

      August 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annette

      I think it makes a big difference

      August 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Aezel

    Where is your magic sky daddy now?

    August 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hahaha

    Jeffs: "God, get me out of here!"

    God: Hahahahahahahaha!!

    August 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bunny Wabbit

    @Spelling Monitor: So why doesn't Jesus vanquish all these demons that have infiltrated his religion? Let me tell you my theory.. He's both the demon and the exorcist. Kind of like Batman and the Joker are buddies once the camera is off. Without sickness doctors would have no calling. I've read the Bible by the way and personally I find it to be a flawed piece of literature written by many flawed men. There were some books left out of the Bible and all this occurred after Jesus' death, so it isn't even his words. He was hebrew, so why aren't his followers jewish too? Let that marinate and get back to me please.

    August 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maxi P

      You should read it again, your questions are answered in there.

      August 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bunny Wabbit

    @CSnord: I was going to defend you, until I noticed that one of the charges carried a life sentence. In this case it wouldn't matter, but if both charges carried 20-30 years each then it would matter about the concurrent or consecutive prison terms.

    August 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andy

    Look at it this way Jeffs, you'll never have to pay that $10,000.

    August 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. abcd1

    God not Hebrew, Jessus was not Jew.but was the son of God ! So what ! Bunnywabbit

    August 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. onoudint

    What about all the other creepy members of this sect, male or female, who have nurtured this guy's pedophilia? I hope they are under the microscope now!!!!

    August 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andy

    How about we throw that child abuser Fred Phelps in jail next?

    August 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      When was Fred Phelps accused of child abuse? Do you mean his son Nate's claims?

      August 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jail-the-Mom's-Too

      Will the DA now go after all of the mothers who allowed this to happen? I do not see why they would not.

      August 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. VAMP

    I think it's funny most of us refer to a big burly convict as "Bubba". Bubba says, "Ya'll got a pretty mouth" to ole Warren. Pretty soon he'll also have a bigger chili ring.

    August 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      They turn a**h*les into man holes.

      August 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      He will be like Peter from "Family Guy' when they did the Shawshank Redemption, he won't be self concious about his farts. 🙂

      August 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. leeintulsa

    @nan: That's not *entirely* accurate.. People born here are not immigrants at all.. Their forefathers, sure.. The white side's anchor baby died centuries before i was born. The amer-indian side, even farther..

    August 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank Blourtango

    Good. Now he can go to prison where some fellas have invented their own religions too. They aren't keen on pedophiles there either. Say goodbye to your 14 year old 'wives' low life.

    August 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. shevay

    If he wants to live a day in prison they had better send him to Alcatraz. Prisoners have their own standards and that includes hating child molesters. Prisoners view it as maybe being their daughter and mark the creep for death. Guards ofter look the other way. Warren Jeffs is a marked man!

    August 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jail-the-Mom's-Too

      I wonder if he knows what happened to Jeffrey Dahmer in the big house.

      August 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
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