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. dizzle

    I bet I won't have a problem with anyone on bicycles telling me I'm going to hell anytime soon...am I really hmmm?

    August 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sybaris

    Now they should set their sights on banning the summer brainwashing camps for children a.k.a. Vacation Bible School

    August 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. skyking

    Poor ol' Warren. Reckon we all oughta take up a little collection and buy him a few cases of KY Jelly. Where he's headed he'll have at least a half-dozen wives that weigh three hundred pounds and have hair on their chests. They'll teach him what "being close" is really like.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foxy

      Yep time for him to pay, pay, pay he is a monster and so are the the parents that belong to this sect that allow this to constantly happen. Living off tax payers makes me so sick..........

      August 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve in LVNV

      I don't believe the prson system allows any kind of lube... Just as well. In prison no one can hear him screaming into his pillow. He'll probably get the full treatment from the inmates who detest anyone who harms a child in any way.

      August 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KAB

    @jennyy ..... You obviously support Warren Jeffs and the FLDS. If that's the case then why are you on the internet? Didn't your "Prophet" forbid that?

    August 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • mort

      jennyy is a hypocrite, just like all other religious people.

      August 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • weezel

      No, jennyy is confused, anyone foolish enough to side in with the devilish works of the LDS needs to find the real God.
      Her mind has been blinded by the babbling ramblings of the cult she's involved with, if she gets away from the group her mind would eventually be free and she'd see where she was wrong in her agreement with the cult.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ladiofthewoods

    problem is that this is common behavior in Utah and no one does a dang thing to stop it. Perhaps a few more raids, numbering in the tens of thousands, should take place within Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Nevadas borders. When we lived in S.L.C. it wasn't uncommon to see a man and his many wives shopping (with foodstamps btw) or at the park enjoying family time.
    Jeffs is one of many and we all allow it to happen.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      What world do you live in? I've lived in Utah for 38 years and do NOT know anyone with multiple wives or anything else you write!!! And no, I don't live in some bubble!

      August 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdallon

      I too have lived in SLC, but I must disagree. It is not common, at least in SLC. The only place I have seen that is in southern Utah – St. George, and the last time I saw that was at least 15 years ago. It is not something that is just accepted here.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      That's a product of the lack of will to prosecute among federal prosecutors. Jeffs got prosecuted, not because of polygamy, but because he was molesting children.
      Those practicing polygamy in Utah and elsewhere, regardless or how they identify themselves, are not 'in full fellowship' in the Mormon church.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Name*kadaj

    Finally justice prevails!! Hope he likes being a prision wife now!

    August 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. spiralbrain

    Good riddance!

    August 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julia Daugherty

      Here Here!

      August 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Happy dick"

    Execution would be too good for him. Give him a tape recorder "now", so everyone can hear the inmates giggling in the background, while he "tells them" how to please them. He won't last six months.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ralphwiggum


    August 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    No complaining about Bubba having more than one boyfriend.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I lul'd.

      Yeah this guy is going to just get unzipped on the inside.

      See, lifelong habitual criminals DO serve a purpose. They perform the form of Justice that the public wants, but the Justice System is unable to provide.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chach

    Blame religion. Yes. All of them.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      That’s a biased personal agenda based on a limited world view, and one increasingly voiced in CNN comments.

      Religion has over the centuries, and continues today, to motivate plenty of good in the world, while Atheists are to blame for much evil in the world.

      Just the 20th century provides sufficient examples of Atheists w/ a record easily on par w/ the worst of religiously-motivated war and murder in the many previous centuries: Hitler killed 6 million Jews during WWII. Stalin killed an estimated 20 million people for political purposes. Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution is credited w/ anywhere from 1 million to 20 million people killed. Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge killed as many as 2.5 million people. And while doing so, each of them uniformly attacked religion as a central political doctrine.

      Clearly the 20th century has given the world greater capacity to kill and political motivation to do so, but Atheists have clearly been over-represented in the Top Killers list. So if you’re gonna bad mouth religion, make sure you equally trash Atheism.

      August 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JC

    Well done Texas! Let's hope his legal team doesn't find some appeals process that changes his sentence. And YES definitely......gen pop for this pedophile!

    August 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • shetay

      he fired his legal team...so all he might be able to get will be court-appointed...and court-appointed might not be "inspired by God" to work any real magic for poor Warren

      August 9, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ratickle

    Now he gets to be Bubba's "child bride".

    August 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • richarddesanto

      Now, He will surely be th "Wife" of someone else...or Many

      August 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PACO

    they will kill him for sure if he were put in regular population

    August 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      ....in prision he'll be someone's b__tch

      August 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scary

    It never stops amazing me at how people are quick to condemn modern "prophets" as quacks, but still believe that the "prophets" (quacks) 2000+ years ago were telling the truth.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • PACO

      i guess you like this one, jeffs, you seriously need your meds

      August 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scary

      Never said I liked him, or believed a word he said. Maybe you should learn not to infer things.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ....

      Were they child molesters too?!

      August 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scary

      Since the people that reply seem to infer quite a bit from a simple statement, let me put it even more basic for you. ALL religious "prophets" are/were quacks! That's all. They are not all identical, nor did they all do the same exact things and I am not supporting any of them. No need for readers to assume I am saying anything else, so do not put words in where they were not written.

      August 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Good point!
      "Ye shall know them by their fruits."
      Jeffs and at least the parents of his young victims are certainly fruits!

      August 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • PACO

      you were talkin about modern prophets and acted almost like you like him you sick boyyyeee

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