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Wendell Nielsen mug shot

Published May 7, 2012 4:32 pm

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Here's the prison mug shot of Wendell Nielsen, one-time president of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who was sentenced to 10 years in a Texas prison for bigamy in late March.

He's being held at the Byrd unit in Hunstville.

Nielsen, 71, was convicted of marrying three middle-aged women. He rejected a plea bargain that could have spared him any prison time when Judge Barbara Walther made the conditions of his probation much stricter.

Nielsen was kicked out of the FLDS early last year, and I've gotten some conflicting info on whether he's back in or not. Interestingly, though sect leader Warren Jeffs has been calling for the release of another former high-ranking elder, Merril Jessop, by name in his so-called revelations from God, he's not mentioned Wendell.

Nielsen, by the way, has appealed his conviction and that case appears to be moving along.