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. TIM

    I bet you support George W and are married to an illegal mexican immigrant.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • rogerwhiteb

      tim, tim ,tim again with the hammer. What's up man? beating people up is exactly what this man does.

      August 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RaineyinOhio

    Ha – Now HE can be somebody's "unwilling wife" for the rest of his pathetic life. Just amazing how gullible and stupid so many people are to follow this sick
    nut job.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. justathought

    See what I mean? I meant lost not loosed–what kind of word is that?

    August 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Random


    August 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      BOHICA; BOHICA!!!!

      August 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. scottiep06

    I'm just posting this to further clarify to the many people i've seen commenting on any article involving Warren Jeffs who still don't understand that this guy is NOT LDS. He is FLDS (not a mormon), and there is a big difference. The LDS church broke off from this group almost a century ago. And has had little association since. The LDS church and it's members do not practice polygamy and DO NOT instill and environment that's conducive to behavior like Warren Jeff's. The LDS and FLDS are night and day in their lifestyles. FLDS isolate themselves from society and thus, we have problems like these. LDS don't, we live in typical communities throughout the world, and I think many of you know that. You can keep your bigoted, ignorant comments to yourself as to whether you think we're christians or not, I'm LDS and I believe and Jesus Christ. Just wanted some people to receive a little more insight on the issue before using blanket accusations on the LDS people who have nothing to do with the FLDS church or this man's actions. We're disgusted with what he did and openly condemn it.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • chakameat

      Your grammar and spelling are atrocious. You did not help your 'religion' with your error laden post.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike honcho

      Too bad you believe you will become a god when you die which is totally contrary to Christianity.

      You can say all you want about breaking association with the FLDS but the fact remains that the D&C of the LDS still supports polygamy. FACT.

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

      @chakamet .. That's such an easy response. Try to show originality and compose an intelligent response to what Scottie had to say.

      While I don't agree with LDS or FLDS, I believe what Scottie is saying at least deserves an intelligent response.

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

      The only difference is there is no "F" in LDS. And the only reason they "split" is that LDS went against their own doctrine in order to be more acceptable to an otherwise hostile public. Which LDS continues to do. Changing their minds on things that the "Prophet" got obviously and embarassingly WRONG. So if he got one thing wrong out of his magic hat from his magic plates, then how can ANY OF IT be right? Answer: It can't be. Just like the bible. You can't believe only part of it. It's all or nothing.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catch uses faulty logic

      Sure, in a literal world you have to believe ALL or NOTHING. Of course there might be an explanation that perhaps many of the stories in the Bible are parables of wisdom and stories – no different than the classical Greeks and Romans used fables and myths to teach them lessons about the world. But if you believe something has to be "All true" or "None true" means that you are either a simpleton, a member of FLDS, or a US Congressman.

      August 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Yeah, right. You can name about three differences between your beliefs and those of Jeff Warren and then you weirdo cult people are pretty much in lockstep.

      August 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Prison Guard

    They segregate prisoners who are at risk for being preyed upon by others. I'd lock all the really bad ones up in a general holding area and let them fight for supplies and "entertainment"

    August 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabbi

      yes they do but if the population finds out hes there "someone" can say they're afraid for their safety say a lifer and get sent there and

      August 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzz's mother

    This is one SICK SON OF GUN... nothing would keep me from taring him up! Yet I'm a lady of God and would have to refrain from this action! "vengence is mine, says the Lord" (biting my tongue)
    BTW Ya all have to change my screen name, my daughter won't let me post an more so I'll be... Hmmm let me see,
    SMOKIN MAMA...K ? is that good with everyone ? 🙂 bye my KITTIES

    August 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pedro

    No freedom in texas unless you are an illegal immigrant. It is the land of the greeaasrs.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ferb

      Dropped on your head as a child?

      August 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Spellingmonitor

    So very sad that you are a brainwashed individual. You would do well to read the real bible. Jeffs is definitely not God on earth. More like satan. Maybe, since you are so sympathetic (accent on pathetic) you should go visit him in prison for conjugal visits, just to raise your spirits and raise his...morale.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • b. Slider


      August 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • PB

      So you're upset about polygamy and are ecouraging people to read the Bible. Well members of the LDS faith do believe the Bible to be the word of God and that the Book of Mormon supports the Bible's testimony of Christ. If you would do a little research I think you would find that many of our unique beliefs are rooted in the Bible. Try to find polygamy in the Book of Mormon, then check out the Bible. Ever read about Abraham or Jacob. I am not defending Jeffs. He is a sicko and he is not LDS. Just want to encourage you to find out a little more before you lump groups of people together and add to the confusion.

      August 10, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      It wasnt so long ago that the LDS believed what Jeffs is teaching. They just got a "revelation". Just like black people wernt aloud to hold any position. Now there was a revelation. How about drinking caffiene? Make up your mind.very hard to follow!!

      August 10, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bgrngod

    A life sentence for a child molester?!?!

    Sounds like a great start to what is hopefully a new trend in sentencing these monsters.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Cant....they would just murder the child to try and get away. Why wouldnt they murder the child after? They get the same charge if they didnt and they have a living witness to the crime?

      August 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Spellingmonitor

    Oh...and take a grammar and spelling course before you go. Travisty?!? T-R-A-V-E-S-T-Y. Say it with me...travesty.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • all me

      I wonder how many times you proofread your comment before you posted. Wouldn't want to get caught making a grammar mistake when pointing out someone else's mistake.

      August 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. georgek

    This is just more evidence that religion is nothing more than delusion. Never trust a person in a business deal who invokes the G word. Avoid all fundamentalists except in sports. Anyone who prays to the zombie dead rabbi so they can reach a super magical spot in mythville is nuts! Better to treat everyone with kindness and enjoy the moment because this is it.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sam

    Religion . . . . once again, in any way, shape or form is the root of all evil.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abby

      I consider this group more of a cult versus a religion – but that could be said about many religious groups I suppose depending on your perspective of religion. People can be taken for a ride and made to do anything if you convince them – but religion is at its best when it's teaching people to be better to one another which is often at the root of most religions that get manipulated into cult spin offs.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzz's mother

    It's the people that twist God's word, not the WORD! remember God remains the same...it is us who can't keep the promise. We change his word to suit our own needs and justify the actions we perpatrate on others. GOD IS GOOD BABY!

    August 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • chakameat

      Please quit posting. You're embarrassing yourself.

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

    I am a native texas i speak perfect english and i am not an immigrant. I am not a crook. I have never even been in any trouble with the law. Funny how one person can make an entire state look bad. Speaking of making an entire state look bad, where are you from?

    August 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • And now for something completely different

      We didn't need Warren Jeffs to make Texas look bad. We had 8 years and two quagmires courtesy of Texas. "Don't Mess with Texas?" Damn straight, ignore them, and hopefully they go away.

      August 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • UncleDad

      Ignore Texas? We have the strongest economy in the union and the largest military base in the world, not to mention the energy we produce to keep your lights and cars working.Yeah you can forget about our state, we don't need uninformed nimrods like you ruining the gene pool here..Oh yeah heard of Dell, AMD, NASA? Sounds like a yankee

      August 10, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Enro149

      @UncleDad...last time I checked. The Yankees won the union. In every perfect union there are the brains, then there is the brawn. thank goodness texas isn't operating as the brain anymore.

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

      Texas has stadiums full every Friday night, with a bunch of people that make Texas look bad, lol.

      August 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • babetoo

      so far texas seems to be the only state that has chosen to deal with this. the courts there are to be praised not made fun of. good for texas. you did the job when the other states would not.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
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