Warren Jeffs got a sentence of life in prison in court Tuesday. The jury only took 30 minutes to deliberate before coming back with their sentence. Last week the Polygamist was convicted on 2 counts of sexual assault on a child.
The same jury that convicted Jeffs last week heard audio recordings Monday 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. During the trial DNA evidence showed Jeffs fathered a child with a 15-year-old.
Among the allegations, Jeffs was charged with, the jury heard emotional testimony from family members about Jeffs abuse. Jeffs’ nephew and niece had testified Saturday about the alleged abuse they suffered at his hands. Brent Jeffs, 28, told jurors that his uncle raped him when he was 5 years old. “He began to tell me that we were going to do God’s will,” he said Jeffs told him. “This is between me, you and God.”
The 55-year-old head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stood quietly as the decision of the Texas jury was read today, the Associated Press reports. Jeffs is the eighth FLDS man convicted since a raid of a ranch run by the church, which believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. Jeffs also wrote: “If the world knew what I was doing, they would hang me from the highest tree,” according to evidence presented in court.By: Kara Gilmour
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