Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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Warren Steed Jeffs Sentenced to Life in State Prison

Statement from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

A Tom Green County jury today sentenced Warren Steed Jeffs to life in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of a twelve-year-old child. The jury also returned a 20-year sentence for sexual assault of a fifteen-year-old child. Jeffs will serve both sentences consecutively. Today’s sentences follow last Thursday’s verdicts finding Jeffs guilty of both crimes.

A total of 12 YFZ Ranch-related defendants have been indicted on sexual assault of a child, bigamy or other charges. Eight defendants have been convicted on felony charges and sentenced to prison. The other four defendants are awaiting trial. All prosecutions are being handled by the Office of the Attorney General, which is working in cooperation with 51st Judicial District Attorney Steve Lupton.