Warren Jeffs is the leader or president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints(FLDS Church). He was placed on the FBI’s ten most wanted list in 2006 for arranging illegal marriages between his adult male followers and underage Utah girls.
In 2007, he was convicted of two counts of rape as an accomplice and held for ten years inside Utah State Prison but it was overturned by Supreme Court of the state in 2010 due to flawed jury instructions. He was sentenced to prison several times and remain in jail but where is he today?
Where is Warren Jeffs now?
Today, 66-year old Warren Steed Jeff is serving his life sentence at the Louis C. Powledge Unit Prison, the prison located near the Palestine city, Texas. The man will be eligible for parole in 2038, the time when he will be 82 years old.
Even though, he is behind the bars, Independent reported that he is still operating the FLDS from inside the prison and making his influence on its members. Sources suggested that his brothers are helping him to perform daily operations.
Is Colorado City still FLDS? How many members are there today?
The state authorities started dismantling church ownership of Colorado City Lands in 2007, Colorado City, Arizona to remove the existence of FLDS. More than 6,000 members are still active for Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The case comes into the limelight in common public after the release of Netflix’s new true crime documentary Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey that is totally based on the sinister activities of the FLDS leader, Warren who became leader in 2002 after Rulon’s death.
Warren Jeffs had 78 wives including his father’s former wives, 24 of his wives were under 17 years in age at the time of marriage, the youngest being 14 years old. Those women were instructed to obey their husbands and other men of the cult were also advised to perform polygamy. During his time, marriages between adult men and teenage girls were conducted.
According to a former US Special Prosecutor who also participated in Keep Sweet: Prey and Obey says that the Netflix’s 4 part documentary evidence shows the conduction of the marriages of 67 underage girls to the adult men. The evidence clearly shows that the leader himself had 78 wives and 24 of them were underage.
When was Warren Jeffs caught?
Warren Jeffs was caught in August 2006 and multiple charges were against him across Arizona and Utah including minor incitements, accomplice to rape, and assault. Then, he was charged in 2007 on two accomplice rape charges but there were no evidence, in 2008, victims no longer wanted to testify in court.
Finally, Warren was convicted in August 2011 on the two counts of sexual assault on a child and sentenced to lifetime imprisonment. He has attempted on his life several times including one in 2011 where he was placed into medically-induced coma.