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August 9, 2011

Sentencing jury gives Warren Jeffs life PLUS twenty years for child rape offenses

As detailed in this CNN report, "[p]olygamist leader Warren Jeffs was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 20 years for sexually assaulting two girls he claimed were his 'spiritual wives'."  Here is more:

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.

Sounds about right to me.

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shouldn't the mothers of Jeff's child-victims also be prosecuted, convicted and sentenced?

Posted by: anon | Aug 9, 2011 7:04:46 PM

i have to agree with you both. the sentence sounds good and fair for what he did. Plus where is all the charges and convctions of all those who KNEW exactly what he was doing?

Posted by: rodsmith | Aug 10, 2011 12:14:32 AM

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

Posted by: Daniel Haszard | Aug 10, 2011 11:25:47 AM

I fail to understand the expressions of approval of this sentence, especially as they come from people who, on other occasions, would deplore the record-breaking prison population in the United States. In many other countries, this crime (or combination of crimes) would attract 15 years or so. That's 5,475 days in prison. What is it that makes 16,425 days more appropriate than 5,475 days? Don't get me wrong. Very serious crimes of this nature deserve heavy punishment,but there comes a point where terms of imprisonment beyond a certain point serve no ostensible purpose.

Posted by: Tom | Aug 10, 2011 2:05:06 PM

This sounds like a right sentence to me..

Posted by: Gail / naturalconstipationrelief.org | Aug 10, 2011 2:54:45 PM

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