Mormon Leader Convicted

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A Utah jury has convicted a polygamous sect leader of being an accomplice to rape for performing a wedding between a young man and a 14-year-old girl.

Prosecutors argued that Warren Jeffs had forced the girl into marriage and sex against her will. Jeffs could now get life in prison.

Jeffs leads a community along the Arizona-Utah line where as many as 10,000 of his followers practice plural marriage and revere him as a prophet.

Jeffs is also charged in Arizona with being an accomplice to both incest and sexual misconduct with a minor for arranging marriages between two underage girls and relatives of theirs. In addition, Jeffs is under federal indictment in Utah on charges of fleeing to avoid prosecution.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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