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Monday, August 29, 2011

TEXAS POLYGAMIST: Warren Jeffs polygamist leader hospitalized!

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By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press / Aug 29, 12:38 PM EDT.

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HOUSTON (AP) - Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has been hospitalized after not eating or drinking enough since his recent conviction on child sexual assault charges, a prison official said Monday.

The 55-year-old head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is in critical but stable condition, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons told The Associated Press. It is uncertain how long he will be hospitalized.

Jeffs attorney Emily Detoto told the AP that he was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler on Sunday night. She says he "hasn't been feeling well" but wouldn't elaborate.

A hospital spokeswoman said she could not release any information about whether Jeffs was a patient.
Jeffs was convicted earlier this month of sexually assaulting underage followers he took as spiritual brides.

He had been in a Huntsville prison after a jury decided he should spend life in prison, then was moved last week to the Powledge Unit outside Palestine, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

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