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Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Sentenced!

By Monica Bielanko |

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It took a Texas jury less than 30 minutes to reach a sentence for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs.  Life in prison.  That’s what he gets for sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides.

Life.  In.  Prison.

YES!  If the devil ever walked the earth he would probably choose to be Warren Jeffs. The man is pure evil. He is a pedophile and child molester of epic proportions. Thousands of young girls have been victimized because of this man’s lies and brainwashing. Thousands of young men have been exiled from their homes because of this man.

Working as a news producer in Salt Lake City, Utah for nearly a decade, I witnessed first-hand the destruction this man has caused to so many. Finally, FINALLY he will no longer have a stranglehold on those polygamous communities bordering that straddle the border between Utah and Arizona.

So what was Jeffs’ reaction when the verdict was read?

According to the Deseret News, the head of the Utah-based Fundamentalist LDS Church (FLDS) stood quietly as the decision of the Texas jury was read Tuesday. He received the maximum sentence on both counts.

The 55-year-old Jeffs insisted on acting as his own attorney and was convicted last Thursday.  He walked out of the sentencing phase in protest after reading a statement Friday that he claimed was from God, promising a “whirlwind of judgment” on the world if God’s “humble servant” wasn’t set free.  You know, his usual method of operation.  Except that only works on people you’ve been brainwashing since birth…  So since Jeffs refused to participate in court proceedings the jury deliberated and he was sentenced today.

During the trial, as the Deseret News reports, “prosecutors used DNA evidence to show Jeffs fathered a child with a 15-year-old and played an audio recording of what they said was him sexually assaulting a 12-year-old. They played other tapes in which Jeffs was heard instructing as many as a dozen of his young wives on how to please him sexually — and thus, he told them, please God.”

“If the world knew what I was doing, they would hang me from the highest tree,” Jeffs wrote in 2005, according to one of thousands of pages of notes seized along with the audio recordings from his Texas ranch.

After burning through seven attorneys, Jeffs represented himself.   He routinely interrupted the proceedings and chose to stand silently in front of jurors for nearly half an hour during his closing arguments. He called just one defense witness, a church elder who read from Mormon scripture.

The FLDS Church — a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism — believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. It has more than 10,000 followers who consider Jeffs to be God’s spokesman on Earth.  They have a history of being persecuted, which is why Jeffs has maintained his power over the community even throughout being jailed.  The more “persecuted” he appears, the more devout his followers.    Whether he can still wield substantial power from prison remains to be seen.

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Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Sentenced!

  1. Jancis M. Andrews says:

    We have a branch of this sick, brainwashed FLDS cult up here in Canada. It’s called Bountiful, has roughly 1000 members, and is a disgrace to Canada’s good name. Even though 2 years ago police produced DNA proof that one of its leaders, Winston Blackmore, has impregnated NINE, REPEAT NINE, underage girls, no charges have been laid. Police have proof that young girls, some as young as 12, have been trafficked illegally to and from the US so that middle-aged men can have more girl children as concubines for their harems. Yet still, no charges have been laid, neither against the men who raped the children, nor the parents who took their little daughters down to the States to be raped. These criminals are walking around scot free, and have not been made to answer for their sick crimes. Mainstream Canadians look with envy towards Texas, which has the guts, the intelligence, and enough respect for law to charge Warren Jeffs and send him to jail for life. Would that our own policing authorities would do the same, instead of pretending that religion gives permission to horny old men to force young girls to submit to sex. Everyone knows that’s BS, including our authorities. We feel the real reason they won’t prosecute is because they want to avoid paying millions of dollars in court costs. The solution, however, is not to let pedophiles get away scot free with their crimes, but to make THEM pay the court costs.
    Jancis M. Andrews

  2. Amber says:

    I think these men should be hung from their balls over a bridge, so when anyone drives past we can look and point at the man that rapes children. This may deter other sickos from doing the same in the future…..putting them in prison seems so far away, they need to be used as an example of what happens when you hurt children, if that makes me sick, then I don’t care.

  3. Stacia says:

    So, I may be a little twisted, but the staff in the prison will “accidentally” let leak Jeffs is a molester, if it isn’t know…and we all know the treatment those bastards GET from other inmates. Nothing close to what he deserves but..I’m a little happier knowing he’ll get what he does deserve eventually. And suffer the entire time he is in prison.

  4. Danny Haszard says:

    The definition of a destructive religious cult is like alcoholism-if alcohol controls you instead of the other way around you are an alcoholic.
    If they try to ruin your reputation and break up your family for trying to get out then they are a cult!-
    Please examine the Jehovah’s Witnesses pedophiles go door to door and come on our property.
    Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah’s Witnesses suppress evidence when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation.Whenever you surrender your logic and reason to anyone who asks you to trust them because they know better it’s possibly a cult.
    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….
    -
    Danny Haszard abuse victim -dannyhaszard(dot)com

  5. Donna says:

    Yes, Canada too has its “victim fallout” coming due to years of provincial governments not enforcing anti-polygamy legislation contained in the Criminal Code of Canada.

    Child sexual assault is a by-product of polygamy. If the governments enforced the criminal code and did not allow persons to either of consent to become the “spouse of a person who has an existing spouse” and did not allow married people to “take additional same time spouses”, these and other abuses could not have occurred. In Canada and in the US, polygamists just have one legal civil marriage and the rest are “contracted” through an “authority” such as Warren Jeffs or are in reality “common law relationships of marriage” to a person(s) who is married and not divorced.

    In Canada, here is what a provincial Attorney General has said about polygamy in one province.

    “Polygamy is prevented by requiring every person wanting to marry under the Act to obtain a marriage licence and declare their current marital status.”

    “In Saskatchewan it is possible to enter into a spousal relationship without that relationship being solemnized under The Marriage Act, 1995.”

    “The separated spouses may enter into new common law spousal relationships prior to the finalization of the divorce of the previous marriage.”

    Note: “separated spouses” above, means married people who are not divorced.

  6. Donna says:

    Here is how Canada is dealing with polygamy, bigamy and Sharia marriages.
    Below is a recent quote from a public family law trial where a man claimed the family law courts in the province of Saskatchewan Canada did not have the right to force him to become the husband of a married woman.

    “The respondent filed a document entitled “Notice of Motion under the Constitutional Questions Act”. The respondent alleges that the provisions of the FPA (Saskatchewan Family Property Act) which permit an individual to have more than one spouse. offend and deny his constitutional rights”.

    The Saskatchewan Family Property Act is the new name for the previous Saskatchewan Marital Law Act.

    The Canadian judge found that it did not offend his constitutional rights to force him to become the legal “spouse of a person who already has a spouse”.

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