Warren Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, received the maximum sentence for two criminal charges brought against him, The Telegraph
The Texas jury deliberated for less than a half hour, and Jeffs, 55, will spend life in prison for his crimes.
Jeffs defended himself during the earlier part of his trial. And on Friday he walked out of his sentencing after reading a statement he claimed was from God, promising a “whirlwind of judgment” on the world if God’s “humble servant” was not set free.
Prosecutors used DNA evidence to show Jeffs fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl and played tapes that were allegedly a recording of him sexually assaulting a 12-year-old. They also played tapes of Jeffs instructing as many as a dozen of his young wives on how to please him sexually in order, he told them, to please God.
Jeffs claimed his religious rights were being violated. He represented himself after dismissing several lawyers during the trial. The Telegraph reports Jeffs routinely interrupted proceedings and called just one witness: a church elder who read from Mormon scripture.
Jeffs spent years evading arrest, criss-crossing the nation. He eventually made the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list before his capture in 2006, said lead prosecutor Eric Nichols.
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