Prosecutor: Warren Jeffs will go to Utah first

Warren Jeffs, the polygamist leader who was one of America’s most-sought fugitives until his capture Monday, will be extradited to Utah, an attorney said Wednesday afternoon.

Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap said prosecutors and law enforcement from Utah and Arizona held a conference call Wednesday where they decided to initially send Jeffs to Washington County. Jeffs currently is in a Las Vegas jail awaiting a Thursday court appearance where lawyers and a judge will discuss his status.

Belnap said attorneys from his office are traveling to Las Vegas for that hearing.

Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, based in the twin cities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., had been evading law enforcement for more than a year and was on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list on Monday when a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a vehicle carrying him and two others.

Prosecutors in Mohave County, Ariz., and Washington County have charged Jeffs with felonies alleging he facilitated the spiritual marriage of underage girls to adult men. The Arizona charges carry a maximum sentence of two years in prison while the Utah charges are punishable by up to life in prison.

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The Salt Lake Tribune, USA
Aug. 30, 2006
Nate Carlisle

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