Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs extradited to Texas

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 1 2010 9:11 a.m. MST

FLDS Church leader Warren Jeffs, left, appears in court in September with attorney Walter Bugden.

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DRAPER — Polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has been extradited to Texas.

Utah State Prison personnel took Jeffs to the Salt Lake City International Airport early Tuesday evening. Representatives from Texas then transported him from Utah by airplane just prior to 4 p.m. The Utah Department of Corrections has received confirmation that Jeffs landed in Texas late Tuesday night, according to prison spokesman Steve Gehrke.

In Texas, Jeffs faces charges of bigamy, aggravated sexual assault and assault charges for incidents involving underage girls at the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch near Eldorado. The charges stem from information gleaned from church and family records seized during a raid in April 2008.

— Dennis Romboy

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