August 9th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs sentenced to life in prison

By the CNN Wire Staff

Tune in to HLN's "Nancy Grace" at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday for more on Warren Jeffs' sentencing.

San Angelo, Texas (CNN) - Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 20 years for sexually assaulting two girls he claimed were his "spiritual wives."

Jeffs, 55, will have to spend at least 45 years in prison before being eligible for release, according to Jerry Strickland, spokesman for the Texas Attorney General's office.

The jury sentenced Jeffs to life in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl and 20 years in prison for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. He must serve at least 35 years of the life sentence and half of the other sentence, Strickland said. The judge in the case ordered that the sentences be served consecutively.


soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Stephanie

    Warren Jeffs should be put away for like. but i believe that he should have to suffer just like he made those girls suffer. warren jeffs is not a man of god he is a man of the devil. and i am sorry to say that but it is true.

    August 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  2. Stephanie

    u are not a man of god u are a man of the devil

    August 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  3. herbert juarez

    @colin(vii)entire Bible slavery?
    John 8:36"So if the Son sets you free,you will be free indeed."
    The Son Is Jesus
    There is shown to be something wrong with all 7 of your illustrations, it might do to rethink your position.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  4. herbert juarez

    @colin Jesus (again)Turning a man against his father,a daughter against "his" mother,gotta chuckle out of that even if it is a typo.When a person accepts Christ, they become a new creation,this is an individual choice and often it can separate families.This is not intended or malicious.Again try reading the passages you are talking about, for context and total content. God is not willing that any should perish ,but it is an unfortunate reality that some will.For all we know colin could have Christians in his family.The choice he has made is his alone,and who but God knows where we will all end up.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  5. herbert juarez

    @colin (v)God ,well actually the incident involved Elisha ,a prophet of God.The people involved were not little children they were youths,(and basically they were the closest you could probably get to atheists in that day)Elisha took their abuse until it became annoying so he (Elisha)called down a curse in the name of the Lord.2 bears (not 1)came out and mauled(not torn to pieces) 42 of the youths.This could also be symbolic prophecy to the divided nation Israel and Judah, rebelling against God with the threat of 2 "bears" looming in the future Assyria and Babylon.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  6. herbert juarez

    (iv)Jesus,"Jesus said to his disciples:Things that cause people to sin are bound to come,but woe to that person through whom they come.It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.So watch yourselves."The actual passage you are misrepresenting, spoken to his followers to underscore the need for integrity in these matters, not an act that Jesus engaged in.He is perhaps illustrating the seriousness of the offence when brought before Gods throne for judgement,anything would be preferable to having to explain that type of conduct before a Holy God.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  7. herbert juarez

    @colin (iii)David ,Solomon
    It is called war, it still exists today,war is a brutal business and many are killed in it.David was a warrior ,Solomon was not Solomon enjoyed peace and prosperity and built the first temple.As to moral indiscretions, wasn't able to find them as listed by you,could you post the actual reference?

    August 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
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