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Utah man charged with vandalizing polygamous compound

Published November 1, 2013 8:11 am

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Prosecutors have charged two people with vandalizing a compound built for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Utah.

The charges were filed in 5th District Court on Oct. 25 against a 20-year-old man and include a second-degree felony for criminal mischief as well as five counts of misdemeanor trespassing. An unnamed minor also has been charged, according to KUTV.

Court documents state the vandalism happened on or about Sept. 7. The damage to the property includes broken windows and a ripped-out drinking fountain, KUTV reports. Someone also reportedly shot up the buildings with a rifle.

The buildings currently belong to Willie Jessop, a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jessop purchased the compound with a $3.6 million credit bid during an April auction.

However, the structures originally were built for now-imprisoned FLDS leader Warren Jeffs. The compound includes several large homes, a storehouse, a school and other things.

KUTV reports that homes and a school on the property sustained about $15,000 in damage.

— Jim Dalrymple II

jdalrymple@sltrib.com