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The court ruled a grand jury’s term had expired months before it returned an indictment against Wayne Bent and that a district judge didn’t have the power to extend its term.
If you spend a day walking around the remote property of the Lord Our Righteousness Church you wouldn’t believe you were amongst what State Police call an apocalyptic cult. [video]
The Supreme Court denied the petition without explanation, as had the Court of Appeals.
AP also says Bent is being force-fed. A judge cleared the way for that after the cult leader tried to starve himself by means of an extended fast in protest of his imprisonment.
Bent’s previous filings on district and state levels were both denied. Assistant Attorney General Margaret McLean asks the Supreme Court to uphold the previous courts’ rulings.
She cites no “clear and convincing” evidence that Bent, Strong City leader, won’t flee or pose danger to another person or community. She also says a reversal or order for a new trial is unlikely and argues there are no grounds to revisit granting an appeal bond.
A doctor testified that if the fast continues, Bent’s vital organs will shut down and he would die in a matter of days. [video]
Bent wrote letters to his cult in Union County letting them know that he will begin fasting on Sept. 1.
His fourth week of fasting is fast approaching, he will not have any food or water. Now the state is rushing a decision to intervene and force feed him with IVs and tubes.
Medical experts said that within seven days of no water, his organs will begin to break down.
Jeff Bent, Wayne Bent’s son, said the state needs to accept his father’s wishes and religious practices and not force him to eat.
In an online statement posted on his church’s Web site, Bent outlined his plan to starve himself. [video]
The 25-year-old woman, known as Esther, stopped eating in protest of the 10-year prison sentence given to the cult leader, Wayne Bent.
“I swear by God that he is in jail over a lie, and I won’t support that,” said Esther. “I’m willing to die on what I stand on, which is purely God’s instructions to me. I wouldn’t be doing this if God hadn’t told me to, but I’m willing to die doing what God told me to do, and in essence, yes, it would be for Wayne Bent.”
The woman has been starving herself since the day cult leader Wayne Bent entered prison on a 10-years sentence.
According to an entry on the Strong City Web site of The Lord Our Righteousness Church, a woman named Esther was taken by Union County deputies late Wednesday night, a day after they had checked on her condition at the sect’s compound.
The cult leader was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for touching a naked underage follower.
Before he entered prison Ben vowed to starve himself to death if and when jailed.
Throughout his trial, the 67-year-old sect leader repeatedly said he would refuse to eat if he was sent to prison:
“If I go to jail again, I am not going to live there. I will not,” he told the court. [video]
The judge sentenced 67-year-old Wayne Bent to the maximum of 18 years on Tuesday, then suspended eight years.
Bent was convicted of 1 count of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor earlier this month. [video]
The self-proclaimed Messiah could be sentenced to up to 18 years behind bars.
He has said that he probably would not eat if he were locked up.
Son Jeff Bent said he believed it was the “end of the road for the world” because of his father’s conviction.
He has refused to say what would happen to the sect if his father were imprisoned.