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. R

    And after his sentences are served it's straight to hell.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. icysilver

    justice will be served in prison and it will be served nightly for a long time.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. weezel

    This jeffs fellow is a child molester aka pedaphile, no more...no less.
    Funny thing is, if he repents for molesting children, turns away from his sin and sinful life and asks Jesus into his heart he will be saved. How can,God do something like that? Because there is hope for all of us.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hello

    notice no mention of jeffs response to his sentance

    August 9, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Keith

    I hear the Texas Department of Corrections has issued and order that inmates will no longer be allowed to say "You gonna be mah b***h" and will instead be required to say "You gonna be mah celestial bride!"

    August 10, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. sics

    I live close to LDS and a couple years ago their was a big scandal, church members were exchanging house keys and what ever key you got opened the door to some LDS woman and they did whatever. Frankly I feel they are all perverted to some extent these LDS and FLDS. The LDS are just more secretive about their wives. So Scotteep06, I know differntly. Those LDS men are perverts too. What a load of crap that women can't get into heaven if they are not married. What a controlling bunch of jerks and furthermore they are a bunch of racist. They are so money hungry that they even sell alcohol go to Salt Lake City and see all the bars. They sure live off the profits of it. So they are not true to their religion.

    August 10, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • LDSMember

      sics question for you... How is the LDS church racist??? Last time I checked we allowed all races in. We allow all worthy male members to be priesthood holders. We allow all races to hold callings in the church. And our belief states that you can't be Exalted unless you are sealed and follow Christ's example as best we can. There are three degrees of Heaven. So get your thoughts straight. Also just cause there are members who don't follow the Church's guidance doesn't mean you can judge the entire church. Thats like saying all muslims are terrorists or all catholics are pedophiles. So think about things. And do me a favor research the LDS church. We are strict about we teach yes but we aren't controlling. We have choices we have freewill. We can do anything we want. Just because we follow the teachings of our Prophets and leaders doesn't mean that we are controlling. We choose to do these things. We don't force anyone to do anything they don't want. Yes you will be punished if you don't follow the church but you aren't required to do anything you don't want to.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    How does a guy like that, earn so much power over people?

    August 10, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • gfg

      generally people do as they are told

      August 10, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. PhooBar

    Heard stories from ex-cons about prison ettiquete...

    Just a suggestion to any prisoners who might read this;

    No grease. No spit.
    Repeat often.
    Pass the love around.

    Have a nice day, Warren.

    August 10, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • iceandsnow3

      Hey PhooBar: LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. You made my day!

      August 10, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. jma12363

    Excellent get them all

    August 10, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nick

    What I'd like to know is why aren't the parents of these little girls being tried too??

    August 10, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • brandon

      good question, Nick.. I been asking that a lot too, but no one seems to care about their guilt, and CNN doesn't even raise the question.

      August 10, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. brandon

    He will probably commit suicide before too long. Fine by me, saves taxpayers some money

    August 10, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |

    Hope he don't come to kenedy, texas at the Connally unit. Have a food tray read),just for him. Lol... 🙂

    August 10, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |

    Maybe later, Pimp him out in Ad-seg... That way he knows what it feels like to be a Woman. Lol

    August 10, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Weallhaveone

    This POS deserves a very long and painful 150 years. But a long walk on short pier would work fine as well.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
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