About three weeks after failing to starve himself to death while rotting in a Texas prison, child-raping cult leader Warren Jeffs has been released from the hospital and taken back to the big house.
Jeffs, the former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is serving his life sentence at a prison in Texas after getting convicted of sexually assaulting two underage followers of his breakaway sect of the Mormon Church. He was rushed to a Texas hospital in critical condition after starving himself in prison for about three weeks.
ABC News' rumor department
got everyone's hopes up reported at the time that Jeffs was in a coma, and not expected to survive. Turned out, that news was likely just a rumor started by people in Jeffs' camp to boost the street cred of the FLDS' attention-starved prophet.
Prison officials confirmed to New Times that Jeffs was not in a coma and would likely survive. They said the rumor was likely started by people in Jeffs' campaign Check it out here.
Jeffs, prison officials say, was released from the state prison hospital in Galveston, Texas, Monday night. He's on his way back to a Texas prison to continue serving his life sentence.
Jeffs, as you're probably aware, is a pretty bad dude. See former New Times staffer John Dougherty's articles on the the secretive, isolated polygamist Mormon communities that straddle the Arizona-Utah border here.
The FLDS' original headquarters was based in Colorado City -- along the Arizona/Utah border -- but Jeffs moved the Church's headquarters to Texas after he faced criminal charges in Arizona. He was convicted of accessory to rape in Utah in 2007, but the conviction was overturned by the state Supreme Court. In December he was extradited to Texas to face charges there.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Phoenix New Times's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Phoenix's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Prosecutors were able to prove through DNA evidence that Jeffs fathered a child with a 15-year-old member of the church. They also played audio recordings at trial of Jeffs sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
The two girls whom Jeffs has been convicted of sexually abusing are apparently the tip of the iceberg.
In 2004, Jeffs' nephew, Brent Jeffs, filed a lawsuit against his uncle claiming he sodomized him in the late 1980s. Two of Jeffs' other nephews also made claims that Jeffs sexually abused them, one of whom, Clayne Jeffs, committed suicide.
Jeffs is the eighth member of the FLDS church convicted since authorities raided the Yearning For Zion compound near San Angelo, Texas, in 2008 after Child Protective Services received several calls from juveniles claiming they'd been abused.