FLDS leader to be paroled from prison for marrying daughter to Warren Jeffs

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Imprisoned FLDS bishop Frederick Merril Jessop will be paroled from prison in a few months after serving time for performing a marriage ceremony involving his 12-year-old daughter and polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

Frederick Merril Jessop (photo courtesy Texas Dept. of Corrections)

Frederick Merril Jessop (photo courtesy Texas Dept. of Corrections)

The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole told FOX 13 on Wednesday that Jessop was granted parole on Jan. 29. After he completes paperwork that is approved, he would be released from a prison in Huntsville, Texas, in 2-3 months.

Jessop was convicted in Texas of conducting a ceremony prohibited by law. He married his daughter to FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, who is currently serving a life sentence for child sex assault related to underage “marriages.” Jessop and Jeffs are among a dozen FLDS men to be charged stemming from a 2008 raid on the Utah-based polygamous church’s compound in Eldorado, Texas.
Photos: Warren Jeffs and Wives

5 comments

  • Trish

    Good to see that the State of Texas encourages exploitation through legal leniency. THey can’t be worse than Utah, though, Utah sits back and lets these things occur openly and with impunity – as long as the perpetrators don’t go on TV and threaten tourism. Entire FLDS police forces and legal systems exist within the state to keep people trapped in the lifestyle. I mean, if it was good enough for Joe Blow Smith, it must be fine…

      • bob

        Bear in mind that everything she says, and claims, is colored by her delusional, irrational hatred and fear of “Mormons.” She’ll work that into every conversation on any topic.

  • Ddd

    Anytime someone says,, “God told me to tell u”. Remember, they either want ur money, on to put stuff in ur butt,,, Either way, watch out!!

    • bob

      Indeed, I’ve always been of the notion that if the all-powerful Creator of the Universe has something to say to me he can probably arrange to get the message to me personally, without my having to pay a go-between.

      Dude can probably afford a cell phone, at least.

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