Thursday, August 18, 2011

Polygamist leader gets life sentence for assault - Boston Globe

SAN ANGELO, Texas - Polygamist became leader of Warren Jeffs sentenced to life in prison yesterday for sexual assault on a minor trailer he took as a bride in what his Church as a "spiritual marriage". "

The head of the fundamentalist church of Jesus Christ of latter day Saints was also a 20-year sentence for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.

He had him quietly yesterday how to read the decision of the jury of Texas which was the maximum sentence on both counts. You are in a row served are.

Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of criminal justice, said that the 55-year-old eligible for parole in 35 years.

Prosecutors had asked the jury for the life sentence after presenting their case more carefully and sometimes graphics and Jeff's claim that he was persecuted for his religious beliefs rejected.

"In this case points out that this"Prosecutor Eric Nichols in his concluding argument said no criminal prosecution of a people."This is a law enforcement to protect of the people. "

While the procedure prosecutors DNA evidence was used, a child with 15-year-old had Jeff's point and played an audio recording what they said the attack on the 12-year-old him sexually.

Jeffs, on acting as his own lawyer while which had existed earlier part of the study, was sentenced on Thursday.

He asked, in protest at the sentencing, excused be which ended yesterday with his refusal to answer, when the judge asked whether he wanted to bring a degree. A defender, said the judge, the Jeffs, his lawyers had not instructed to speak for him.


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