August 7, 2011 in Nation/World

Sentencing to resume in Jeffs trial

Associated Press

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs won’t find out his punishment this weekend after being convicted of sexually assaulting two underage girls at a Texas ranch.

State District Judge Barbara Walther on Saturday adjourned court after tearful testimony from a woman who claims Jeffs also abused her. The sentencing phase of Jeffs’ trial resumes Monday.

Jurors could sentence the 55-year-old Jeffs to life in prison. Jeffs is the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Jeffs wasn’t in court for Saturday’s testimony. He walked out of court in protest Friday and has continued boycotting the proceedings, choosing instead to remain in another room of the courthouse.

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