POSTED: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 10:50am
UPDATED: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 11:16am
UPDATE:Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is being moved to a prison hospital for additional treatment after he became sick while fasting.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons said Tuesday Jeffs was being taken from East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he was admitted Sunday, to the Texas prison hospital at Galveston. Jeffs last week was assigned to the Powledge Unit near Palestine, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.
Lyons says the 55-year-old Jeffs remains in critical but stable condition but was conscious as he began his 215-mile transport to the prison medical center about 50 miles southeast of Houston. She has said Jeffs is expected to fully recover.
UPDATE: A Texas prison official says polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is sedated but responsive despite failing to eat and drink enough since receiving a life sentence for sexually
assaulting underage girls.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons said Tuesday that 55-year-old Jeffs is expected to recover at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Lyons said the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints leader remained in critical but stable condition.
An official familiar with Jeffs' condition but not authorized to discuss it said on condition of anonymity Monday that Jeffs was in a medically induced coma. Jeffs was convicted this month after prosecutors used DNA evidence to show he fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl - one of his 24 underage spiritual wives.
(AP) - Convicted polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has been moved to his new permanent home - an East Texas prison - to begin serving his life sentence for sexually assaulting one of his child brides at a West Texas compound built and occupied by members of his Mormon fundamentalist church.
The 55-year-old Jeffs, convicted last month in San Angelo, was taken Tuesday from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Byrd Unit in Huntsville, where new inmates undergo physical and mental examinations, to the Powledge Unit outside Palestine, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.
Prison agency spokesman Jason Clark says Jeffs will be in protective custody, among the most restrictive forms of imprisonment in Texas.
He'll be alone in his cell daily and be out only for recreation alone and a shower.