FLDS: Warren Jeffs brother makes a plea deal

The brother of polygamous leader Warren Jeffs has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in Colorado on a charge of harboring a fugitive, according to court documents filed Friday.

A hearing, where Seth Steed Jeffs is expected to switch his plea from not guilty, is scheduled for May 1 before U.S. District Judge Robert E. Blackburn in Denver.

The agreement was reached about two weeks after Blackburn ruled that a Colorado sheriff’s deputy acted appropriately during the Oct. 28 traffic stop that resulted in Jeffs’ arrest. The judge denied defense attorneys’ requests to block prosecutors from using as evidence items seized in the stop, including more than $142,000, cell phones and statements made by Seth Jeffs.

Details of the plea bargain were not released.

Warren Jeffs is prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a polygamous sect headquartered in Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz. He has been charged in both states with sex abuse counts based on his alleged role in marrying minor girls to older men.

He also is wanted on a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

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The Salt Lake Tribune, USA
Apr. 15, 2006
Pamela Manson and Robert Boczkiewicz

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