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FLDS leader Jeffs out of hospital, back in prison

Published March 27, 2014 7:24 am

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Warren Jeffs has returned to prison following a hospital stay in Galveston, Texas.

Jeffs' online inmate profile with the Texas Department of Crimina Justice on Wednesday night showed he was lodged in Powledge prison, near Palestine, Texas. The imprisoned leader of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was hospitalized on March 11.

The reason for his hospital stay was not disclosed. Corrections officers in Texas would not discuss whether Jeffs had become ill due to extended fasting, which previously has landed him in hospitals.

Jeffs is serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2011 for sexually assaulting two underage girls, whom Jeffs had characterized as his spiritual wives. One of the girls gave birth to Jeffs' child at age 15.

In February, Jeffs was described as looking "pathetic" and "frail" by a Salt Lake City attorney, Roger Hoole, who attempted to depose him in prison in connection with a polygamy-related child custody case.