August 10, 2011 by staff
Warren Jeffs, As you start to life imprisonment in the penitentiary system of the State of Texas, Warren Jeffs still maintains control over the owner about 10,000 fundamentalist followers in Arizona, Utah and Texas. But how long will this control is unknown.
A jury in San Angelo, Texas convicted Jeffs last week with two counts of sexual assault of children. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to life imprisonment on one count and 20 years in prison on the other.
He was bald and shaved to be processed in the prison system in the next 10 days, a spokesman for the Department of criminal justice Texas. A fundamentalist Mormon polygamy primer
Still awaiting trial in two county jails in Texas, authorities said Jeffs was able to remain effectively in charge of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by the use of prison telephones to communicate with his followers .
Sheriffs in counties that Jeffs told CNN until 3000 and had spent a month in calling cards purchased by his acolytes.
Officials responsible for monitoring the calls, said Jeffs preached long sermons Sunday, excommunicating those who do not follow their instructions.
But as a convicted sex offender, Jeffs may telephone only 10 people a month, and those people must be pre-registered on the list of visitors, according to Jason Clark, spokesman for the Department of Criminal Justice.
Clark says that these calls are limited to 15 minutes each – or a total of 240 minutes per month.
As to who could take his place as head of the breakaway Mormon sect, experts who have followed for years say that Jeffs is not clear.
One possible candidate is Willie E. Jessop, a former adviser about Jeffs, who told CNN earlier this year that Jeffs had lost its legitimacy on charges of sexual abuse against him.
“We wanted it so bad it’s good that we were willing to tolerate the abandonment of the people,” Jessop told reporters in Texas after the conviction of Jeffs. “We built the golden calf. Now we must decide: Do we love God or do we love the golden calf?”
Jessop said recently that he is not interested in assuming the post of leader, but some experts doubt that sect rejected the paper.
Private investigator Sam Brower, who has followed the sect for almost a decade, says the younger brother of Jeffs, Lyle, could become the next called prophet of the sect.
“Lyle Jeffs is the main man Warren,” Brower said recently in Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s the guy who will be next. He is already taking control.”
Brower said that the sect members in Arizona and Utah are aware of the details of the trial of Jeffs Texas, largely because the instructions not to use the Internet watch TV or listen to the radio during the procedure.
Many followers said Brower, said the trial was a farce.
However, members of the sect are not protected church and outside loops that more people, said Ken Driggs, a Georgia lawyer has written extensively about the church and sect, which has many of its members friends
Since 1988, Driggs has been in and out of the FLDS community, speaking to members often send items by mail and answering their questions.
The last time I visited the community of Colorado City, Arizona in May, said everyone was “hopeful” that Jeffs would beat the charges against him, but warned them they had to start thinking about the future.
Since the convictions last week, Driggs said: “There is great sadness and depression.”
“They are in a grieving process. Something important to them is dead,” said Driggs, a sixth-generation Mormon practice and has two generations of polygamists in their family tree.
“It will take time to adjust to a new reality,” he said. “But they’re not going to dissipate and drift to join other groups. At some point they will unite around a new leadership.”
The leaders of the mainstream Mormon Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jeffs repeatedly repudiated and say their group of about 10,000 followers in no way represents their religion.
The official LDS Church banned polygamy more than a century ago.
The Mormon Church ended the practice of plural marriage as Mormons refer to polygamy in 1890. Several of breaking a group of fundamentalist Mormons continue the practice, the FLDS church is just one of them. There are also separate families about plural marriages.
In total there are about 38,000 people, primarily in the U.S. West, who count themselves as fundamentalist Mormons, according to Anne Wilde, a spokesman for Voices principle, a Utah-based organization that educates the public about polygamy.
And those like her who have nothing to do with the FLDS Church, insist that they are not grouped with the followers of Jeffs.
“Please do not paint in the same boat,” said Wilde, 75, who are “relieved” by the latest twist in the saga of Jeffs.
“I’m glad you are going to leave so that you can not repeat these vicious crimes,” he said. “It’s a shame you can not give life to these poor girls.”
Officials from both Utah and Canada say they will begin active investigations into allegations against Jeffs other, using the evidence presented at trial in Texas.
Canadian officials told CNN that after the Texas trial was over, to begin gathering evidence of sex trafficking of a compound of the sect in British Columbia with the sites in Arizona and Texas sect.
As for the long prison sentence Jeffs, Brower said many church members to use as an example of “martyrdom,” which could ensure that at least remains a cult figure.
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