29 August 2011
by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
ABC News is reporting that polygamous sect leader and convicted child rapist Warren Jeffs is in a coma and may not survive to see his next trial date. The fifty-five year old has been fasting for the past three days and became so weak that doctors induced a coma. This is according to an unnamed source close to Jeffs. The leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints or FLDS was recently convicted of child sexual abuse and sentenced to life in prison.
Jeffs was still facing trial this upcoming October on first-degree bigamy. If he was convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Jeffs was in solitary confinement due to the coverage that the case got.
Jeffs is now being treated at the East Texas Medical Facility in Tyler, Texas, which is the nearest major medical facility to the Powledge Unit prison in Palestine, Texas. According to Michelle Lyons, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Jeffs is in “critical but stable condition”. She was not able to confirm if he is in a coma due to federal health privacy policies.
She did state that “He did indicate to staff that he was fasting, but he is currently being treated for other medical ailments and conditions.”
The sect of the Mormon Church that Jeffs heads up broke away 72 years ago. He has 10,000 followers across North America and is considered by hem to be a prophet. During his trial, he often tried to berate the judge and jury into believing that natural disasters would strike if he was convicted and he often tried to claim that religious beliefs trump all laws in the United States, including the Constitution.