FLDS man strikes plea deal in YFZ raid

FLDS man strikes plea deal in YFZ raid

ELDORADO, Texas €” A young man arrested in the early days of the raid on the Fundamentalist LDS Church‘s YFZ Ranch has struck a plea bargain with prosecutors here.

Schleicher County prosecutors said Thursday that Levi Barlow Jeffs, 19, recently reached an agreement over a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a public servant.

Jeffs, who is the son of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, reportedly refused to cooperate with authorities who tried to stop a vehicle he was driving while on the YFZ Ranch. Inside the vehicle was a girl, Loomis said.

The case stems from the April raid on the YFZ Ranch where Texas child welfare authorities went to investigate a report from someone claiming to be a pregnant 16-year-old girl in an abusive marriage to an older man.

Levi Barlow Jeffs was one of two people arrested during the raid’s early days. A felony tampering with evidence case against Leroy Johnson Steed, 41, is still pending. The grand jury investigating the FLDS case meets again next week.

– Source: FLDS man strikes plea deal in YFZ raid , Ben Winslow, Deseret News, USA, Aug. 15, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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