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Polygamist Warren Jeffs Sentenced To Life In Prison

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Aug. 9 2011, Updated 9:00 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting two underage girls whom he claimed were his brides in so-called "spiritual marriages."

The Texas jury gave Jeffs the maximum sentence on both counts. The panel announced its decision after deliberating for less than thirty minutes.

Jeffs, 55, -- who often went on bizarre rants throughout his trial -- stood quietly as the decision was read.

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Jeffs -- head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  -- was convicted last Thursday of sexually assaulting the two girls one of whom became pregnant with his child.

He acted as his own attorney during the emotionally-charged trial.

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