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. Lost


    August 10, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lost

    He's very hard to look. He leads a society of filthy predators.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Rona

      I agree, he's got to be one of the creepiest looking guys on the planet.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kelvin

    Serves him right, dis world is really coming to an end...just imagine how many fake pastors are still out there.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Martina

    What an idiot! I hope he gets what he deserves in the slammer! by by butterfly!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mad Cow

    From a CNN article dated 2008 04 17, search warren jeffs military contracts –
    Remember that religions are tax-exempt. Does that mean that profits made by these FLDS-owned companies are non-taxable?

    It is time to remove all non-profit status from all religious organizations.

    From the article –

    "The U.S. government paid more than $1.7 million in defense contracts over the last decade to companies owned by leaders of Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect, with tens of thousands allegedly winding its way back to Jeffs and his church.

    In fact, some of the deals were made after Jeffs was named to the FBI's "Most-Wanted List" and remained in place while he was on the run.

    CNN has learned that between 1998 and 2007, the United States Air Force and Defense Logistics Agency purchased more than $1.7 million worth of airplane parts from three companies owned by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which practices polygamy.

    A court affidavit signed by a man whose father was the president of Western Precision makes similar allegations.

    "During 2003, the amount being sent to the storehouse and the FLDS was around $100,000 per month," John Nielsen said in the October 26, 2005, affidavit. "I have personal knowledge that checks sent to the FLDS Church/Warren Jeffs by [Western Precision] are payable to the FLDS Church and/or Warren Jeffs."

    Private investigator Sam Brower, who monitors the sect, said money earned through business dealings with the U.S. government was used to build Jeffs' compounds across the country, including the one recently raided in Eldorado, Texas."

    I think I'll start my own religion. If a scammer like Joey Smith can do it, anyone can.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Martina


      August 10, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
    • LDSMember

      First let me clarify some things all relegions come from man. Second its Joseph no Joey Smith. Third we members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe in the things Joseph Smith said and did. And just to let you know I could call any church leader a scammer. But I choose not to because it offends others. So watch what you say.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Karinne

      It's reminiscent of L. Ron Hubbard & Scientology.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeebus

    all in the name of religion.....lol

    August 10, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. caligirl27

    He makes all Mormons and texans look bad!! Smdh

    August 10, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      He is no Texan.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Larry

    With Jeffs, it's like "Casey who?"

    August 10, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. timd

    Last time I checked Romney belongs to the same church as Jeffs.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • LDSMember

      last time I checked which was oh just barely Romney belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jeffs belongs to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Thats like saying the Church of Christ a.k.a. the Reformed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the same as the LDS church. Understand that they are a spinoff of the church and not the same religion.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Karinne

      No, not the same thing. One is a fundamentalist group while the other isn't. All religion is B.S. anyways.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Randy

    Good riddance you pervert.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rainey

    Yes The Mormon LDS is NOT the same as FLDS...who are a break away group. Jeffs is responsible for his own actions in being the puppet master of this group. He terrified them with takes of Hellfire & Damnation of their very souls if they didn't obey him. With education being nothing more than the religion HE preached, these people are blind to the outside world. Yes, they were taught how to "scam" for welfare & food stamps....learned behavior... i.e. save yourself, the outside world is "cooked"....
    How very sad for these young children & adults raised to believe what Jeffs said is LAW.
    Jeffs will remain in protective custody so HE is NOT assaulted or murdered like Jeffrey Dahmer, while these or similar acts goes on with another "leader" whom Jeffs will control from jail.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. WVU

    LOSER got his day; when they give it to him in prison he will know the feeling lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • jacob

      He deserves that..
      Visit –> CoolCent. com

      August 10, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. WomenAsChattel

    The mainstream LDS church still believes in "celestial" polygamy. Might Jeffs be considered a prophet to them in heaven? Any wonder he got off easy in Utah? And why is Mitt Romney so quiet about a fellow bishop? ...ironic that his polygamous grandpappy owned 5 wives too...and Mitt is polygamous offspring.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I wonder about Mitt too, he's a politician, so you can't really believe anything he denies. He gives me the creeps.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Oberon

      EXACTLY!! It is the main tenet of their church. Mainstream Mormons only got rid of the practice so that Utah could become a state. Now, as a state, Mormons get tons of welfare for the wives and children of celestial marriage. Since their marriages aren't legal, the women are legally. Pretty disgusting for a church with so much money to expect taxpayers to foot the bill for their religious practices.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Oberon

      Sorry. The women are legally single.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Why is Mitt so quiet?

      So Warren Jeffs doesn't happen to practice your religion. There are nut jobs in every religion. I guess we should hold the same standard to any other candidate every time a priest or preacher gets caught with his hands down some little boy's pants? Why didn't W speak out against the Westboro Baptist church? As far as I'm concerned, I religions are poison, but I would trust Mitt long before I would trust the used car salesman/Gov of Texas or the man named Newt.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • stanJames

      one less religious freak on the streats. But the shame of America is thjtat it was almost the last western nation to end slavery*brazil was last, it was the last of the nato nations except islamic turkey to end DADT type laws, and \i think one of the last to end laws against inter-racial marriage

      And it is one of the very last to allow gays to marry or have full equivalent civil union rights under the law

      And you can bet that all the people who gave us these shames – today they are called republicans

      The same people who under bush's deregulation = steal all you can steal philosphy, gave us the second *ALMOST GREAT) repub depression

      And btw per the CBO, it cost our families about 15 trillion \$$$, enough to have paid off the whole national debt.

      August 10, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • LDSMember

      Brother Romney is quiet because Jeffs one isn't LDS he is FLDS big difference. Two Jeffs isn't a bishop he was a "Self-Proclaimed" prophet.

      August 10, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rob

    Bubba's licking his lips. Get ready for payback jeff, you POS!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Oberon

      Rob, I so totally agree with you. It's a pleasure to imagine what he's going to get in jail. I hope that Bubba gives sessions on how to please him.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chuck

    This guy is in for multiple husbands. He will on his knees a lot and not praying either!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
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