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Polygamist sect leader Jeffs hospitalized in Texas

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm •  Published: March 17, 2014

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Warren Jeffs, the leader of a polygamist sect who's serving a life sentence in prison, was hospitalized for a medical condition that authorities say is not life-threatening.

Jeffs was receiving medical care Monday at Hospital Galveston, a facility operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice southeast of Houston. Jeffs, the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was sentenced to life in prison in Texas for sexually assaulting two of his child brides, ages 12 and 15.

Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Robert Hurst said Jeffs was in stable condition after being admitted March 11. Citing medical privacy laws, Hurst declined to say why the 58-year-old Jeffs was hospitalized. Hurst declined any further comment.

Jeffs was convicted in August 2011. Prosecutors said he had two dozen underage wives in all. He is not eligible for parole until 2038.

Jeffs has been trying to lead the FLDS from jail. The sect's base is along the Utah-Arizona border.

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