She spent 17 years on the run, and Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron is free again.
LeBaron, the 47-year-old daughter of Utah polygamist Ervil LeBaron, was released from federal prison in Texas on Dec. 14, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons inmate locator. Lebaron was serving a three-year prison sentence for conspiracy to obstruct religious beliefs, though it appears she received an early release from prison for good behavior.
I have pending inquiries as to whether she still has to serve probation and if she has paid the $134,000 in restitution a judge ordered at her Sept. 8, 2011, sentencing.
Ervil LeBaron created the Church of the First Born of the Lamb of God in the 1970s. He taught that anyone who left the church would be called the “Sons of Perdition” and should be killed. That included Ed Marston and brothers Mark and Duane Chynoweth.
Family of Evril LeBaron (he died in the Utah State Prison in 1981) killed the three men plus Duane Chynoweth’s daughter, Jenny, in Texas in June 1988.
Five LeBaron family members were either convicted or entered guilty pleas and were sentenced to prison. Jacqueline LeBaron became the sixth. A federal warrant was first issued for her in October 1992.
She remained on the lam until her arrest in Honduras in May 2010.
According to a press release the FBI issued after her guilty plea, Jacqueline Lebaron admitted in court to instructing her sister, Cynthia, to travel to Houston and begin to prepare for the murders in May 1988. Jacqueline LeBaron provided the sister with $500 to finance her trip.
— Nate Carlisle