Aerial photographs reveal additional buildings at FLDS Amphitheater

FLDS amphitheater A new set of aerial photos shows a couple of new buildings at the amphitheater under construction at the FLDS’ Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas.

There is speculation that the amphitheater will serve as a baptismal site.

Exiled FLDS father granted more time with estranged children

Lorin Holm An exiled former member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was granted increased visitation rights with his estranged children, including overnight custody, Friday during a 5th District Court hearing.

FLDS sect member’s conviction upheld

Raymond Merrill Jessop A Texas appeals court has upheld the conviction of a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who entered into a spiritual marriage with a 15-year-old girl in 2004 at the sect’s Yearning For Zion Ranch.

Raymond Merrill Jessop was sentenced to 10 years in prison and an $8,000 fine.

Jailed cult leader Warren Jeffs issues new ‘revelation’; gets phone privileges restored

Warren Jeffs Trying to keep up the appearance that he is a ‘prophet from God,’ Warren Jeffs has issued another ‘revelation’ regarding impending dissasters.

The cult leader also has had his prison phone privileges restored.

Texas spent $4.5M+ on FLDS prosecutions

FLDS In the four years since Texas authorities raided a ranch belonging to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) state prosecutors have spent more than $4.5 million racking up swift convictions against him and 10 loyal followers on child sex and bigamy charges.

The total amount nears $20M if costs for the raid on the sect’s ranch are included.

Canadian police renews polygamy investigation into Bountiful

Bountiful Last week a special prosecutor was given the go-ahead to consider polygamy crimes in Bountiful, the Canadian branch of the polygamous FLDS sect. Now Canadian police have renewed their investigation into allegations that dozens of teen brides were spirited across the U.S. border to marry older men.

Former FLDS president gets maximum sentence on bigamy counts

Wendell Loy Nielsen A jury in Midland, Texas, has sentenced Wendell Loy Nielsen, a former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and erstwhile close associate of its imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs, to the maximum 10 years and $10,000 fine on each of three counts of felony bigamy.

Last November Nielsen revoked a plea deal in which he was sentenced to 10 years probation.

More evidence turns up during punishment phase for FLDS bigamist

Wendell Loy Nielsen Illegal marriage abetting, fugitive hiding, and breaking up families — the allegations rained down heavily in the courtroom against the former leader of a polygamist sect.

Last Wednesday Wendell Loy Nielsen was found guilty on three counts of felony bigamy.

Texas court dismisses Warren Jeffs’ appeal

Warren Jeffs A Texas judge denied the appeal of fundamentalist sect leader Warren Jeffs on Thursday, the same day a jury considered testimony to determine how to sentence a key figure in his church after his own bigamy conviction.

Instead of the necessary paperwork Jeffs filed ‘prophecies’ with the court.

Former president of polygamous FLDS sect convicted of bigamy

Wendell Nielsen A jury today declared Wendell Loy Nielsen, the 71-year-old former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, guilty on the three counts of felony bigamy brought against him by the state of Texas.

Last October Nielsen was sentenced to 10 years probation, but he revoked his plea because he objected to the terms of his probation.

Celestial marriages detailed in bigamy trial of former FLDS president

Wendell Loy Nielsen Former FLDS president Wendell Loy Nielsen is on trial on three counts of third-degree bigamy, punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

According to documents from the state, Nielsen allegedly married 34 women in addition to his legal wife. Among those he allegedly married were sets of mothers and daughters and groups of sisters.

Special prosecutor gets go-ahead to weigh Bountiful, B.C. polygamy charges

Bountiful, B.C. A special prosecutor looking into potential crimes linked to the community of Bountiful, British Columbia, now has the mandate to weigh polygamy charges after the Canadian province decided a recent court ruling is strong enough to make them stick.

The sect in Bountiful is the Canadian branch of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Former FLDS sect president on trial for bigamy

Wendell Loy Nielsen The former leader of a breakaway Mormon sect charged with being married to more than one woman at the same time went on trial in Texas on Wednesday, putting a spotlight on the rarely prosecuted crime of bigamy.

A five-woman, seven-man jury was seated after seven hours Wednesday in the bigamy trial of former polygamist sect leader Wendell Loy Nielsen.

FLDS member’s conviction affirmed

Allen Keate A Texas appeals court has upheld the child sexual assault conviction of a member of the FLDS polygamist sect.

Allan Keate was sentenced to 33 years in prison in December 2009.

Bill to disband polygamous town’s police department dies

Colorado City A Utah bill that would have disbanded a police department in a town populated by followers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs was short-lived.

Though aimed at the marshal’s office that serves the combined border community of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, it could have “unintended consequences” on small police departments in Utah, said Chief Deputy Utah Attorney General Kirk Torgensen.

Judge replaced in bigamy trial of former FLDS sect leader Wendell Nielsen

Wendell Loy Nielsen The bigamy trial of former FLDS sect leader Wendell Loy Nielsen will get a new judge.

Having renounced a plea bargain he accepted last October, Nielsen will go on trial in March on charges of marrying three women.

Imprisoned cult leader Warren Jeffs reportedly preparing another FLDS purge

Warren Jeffs Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned cult leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, may be preparing another purge among the members of his sect.

Citing non-profit groups that work with people inside the sect’s insular communities, Ben Winslow at KSTU FOX 13 in Utah says Jeffs has reportedly set a new deadline to purge more people he has declared to be “unfaithful.”

Ousted FLDS sect member receives visiting rights

FLDS A man excommunicated from the FLDS cult won a partial court victory in a lawsuit he filed against Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Lawyers say the ruling could open the door to more lawsuits from those ousted by Jeffs.

Former FLDS spokesman sues jailed cult leader Warren Jeffs

Willie R. Jessop The former spokesman for the polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs says in a new lawsuit that sect leaders arranged a nighttime burglary that gutted his business after he was excommunicated for refusing to falsify sect records on Jeffs’ marriages to underage girls.

Willie Jessop, a onetime Jeffs bodyguard and sect spokesman, is seeking more than $100 million in damages for business losses, repayment of money he loaned for sect legal expenses and compensation for abuse his family has suffered since leaving the group.
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