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Jessop sentenced to 75 years [FLDS - Texas]
San Angelo Standard Times ^ | March 19, 2010 | Matthew Waller

Posted on 03/19/2010 5:07:39 PM PDT by deport

SAN ANGELO, Texas — In the harshest sentence yet for members of a Texas polygamist group, a Tom Green County jury has sentenced Merril Leroy Jessop, 35, to 75 years in prison and imposed a $10,000 fine on one count of sexual assault of a child.

The jury deliberated on the sentence from 10:30 a.m. today until 2:35 p.m.

Jessop was convicted Wednesday on allegations that he illegally married and fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl while living at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Schleicher County in 2006. He is a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was a resident of the sect’s YFZ Ranch outside of Eldorado.

“We’re extremely disappointed,” lead defense attorney Dan Hurley said outside the Tom Green County courthouse after the sentence was announced. “We felt the jury received evidence not accurate or true.” .......

Lead Prosecutor Eric Nichols said he was satisfied with the sentence.

“Justice was again served in Texas,” Nichols said. .....

The next trial is for Lehi Barlow Jeffs for sexual assault of a child on April 26.

Eight more men from the YFZ Ranch are under indictments because of evidence from the raid, Nichols said.

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(Excerpt) Read more at gosanangelo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: flds; jessop; texas

1 posted on 03/19/2010 5:07:39 PM PDT by deport
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To: greyfoxx39

ping


2 posted on 03/19/2010 5:08:25 PM PDT by Revelation 911 (How many 100's of 1000's of our servicemen died so we would never bow to a king?" -freeper pnh102)
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To: deport

bookmark


3 posted on 03/19/2010 5:08:47 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: Revelation 911

So can we expect the authorities to go after the Towelheads next?


4 posted on 03/19/2010 5:09:47 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: deport
silly man, I guess he didn't know that only gays are allowed to date underage kids or more than one partner.
5 posted on 03/19/2010 5:13:46 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: deport

And now they will crack down on polygamist muzzies, right?

= = = crickets = = =


6 posted on 03/19/2010 5:14:22 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: deport

Texas sounds like my kind of state.


7 posted on 03/19/2010 5:19:55 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: colorcountry; Colofornian; Elsie; FastCoyote; svcw; Zakeet; SkyPilot; rightazrain; ...

Ping for polygamy justice.


8 posted on 03/19/2010 5:22:55 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.)
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To: deport

Good


9 posted on 03/19/2010 5:24:26 PM PDT by svcw (Jesus comforts the uncomfortable and makes uncomfortable the comfortable.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Wonder if he’ll get speshall treatment ???


10 posted on 03/19/2010 5:24:35 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: deport

Child rapists (which is what he is) are the least popular in prison. You better bet that he will not enjoy his stay.


11 posted on 03/19/2010 5:31:31 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: SkyDancer

Merrill Leroy Jessop
12 posted on 03/19/2010 5:33:33 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

GOD, I LOVE TEXAS!!!!!


13 posted on 03/19/2010 5:34:03 PM PDT by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
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To: QBFimi
So can we expect the authorities to go after the Towelheads next?

If they are marrying underage girls, they can.

14 posted on 03/19/2010 5:34:34 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: deport

Put him in a cell with a guy named “Bubba” ...


15 posted on 03/19/2010 5:38:02 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: deport

Texas age of consent is 17. However, “...It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the actor...was not more than three years older than the victim and of the opposite sex...(and) did not use duress, force, or a threat against the victim at the time of the offence” and is not a registered sex offender {Section 21.11(b)}.

Which means if Jessop was 18 instead of 30, he would not have been charged at all, since the girl was 15. In addition, 4 States have ages of consent of 15 years or under, and 34 States have ages of consent of 16 - only one year more than the age of the girl.

Why is this relevent? For sentencing purposes. Jessop was technically guilty, but of a crime that barely fit the definition, even in Texas except for his age. Yet he gets - 75 years - in prison? That’s utterly insane - murderers and rapists don’t get that much. In addition, he married the girl and has a child by her - so his wife is without a husband, and his child without a father - forever. In the mean time, murderers, rapists, and other dangerous felons he meets decade after decade in prison will be released.

This is just wrong. The government wildly overreached in their raid and now need a dramatic criminal fall guy to justify their insane attack against that church, which has been struck down as excessive and unjustified in review after review.

75 years is the judicial murder of a fall guy.


16 posted on 03/19/2010 5:43:53 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: Talisker

Maybe Leroy should have went for a plea bargin. I bet some of the others just may now that a jury has given a sentence.

This has been the first trial decided by a Tom Green County jury.

The previous highest sentence was 33 years in the trial of Allan Keate. Raymond Merril Jessop, Merril Leroy Jessop’s half brother, got 10 years and $8,000 as a second degree felony since his offense occurred before changes in law. Michael Emack also was charged under a second-degree felony and he plead no contest for a seven-year sentence.


17 posted on 03/19/2010 5:47:01 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
Jessop seems to be common in these polygamous communities. Wikipedia has this about Arizona's Warren Jeffs (now in prison also).

Jeffs resigned from the presidency of the FLDS Church on the day he was sentenced.[8] There are also reports that Jeffs admitted his position of prophet in the FLDS Church was a usurpation in a conversation to his brother, and declared that "Brother William E. Jessop has been the prophet since [my] Father's passing", though Jeffs' attorneys have claimed he misspoke.[9]

18 posted on 03/19/2010 5:51:25 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: DejaJude
Here's daddy Jessop and his first six wives


Merril Jessop and wives; Cathleen, Ruth, Faunita, Tammy, Barbara and Carolyn Jessop.

19 posted on 03/19/2010 5:57:32 PM PDT by deport
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Heck if he was gay he would qualify for a spot in the Obama Administration. The precedent has already been set.


20 posted on 03/19/2010 5:58:37 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: greyfoxx39

You mean there really was sexual child abuse going on in the FLDS compound?

Who would have thought?


21 posted on 03/19/2010 6:02:23 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: DejaJude
Lest we forget..

Photobucket

Warren Jeffs, FLDS "Prophet" with his child bride.

22 posted on 03/19/2010 6:05:56 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.)
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To: Alice in Wonderland

Ping


23 posted on 03/19/2010 6:06:42 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.)
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To: deport

Oh baby, oh baby! Wow, those hairdos are hot - almost as hot as Reg Kehoe’s Marimba Queens:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DANkec2NY4w


24 posted on 03/19/2010 6:24:48 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: Parley Baer

But he wasn’t gay, he was part of a perverted child molesting ring/cult, be happy we got the guy and pray that we get more of them.


25 posted on 03/19/2010 6:29:47 PM PDT by ansel12 (Social liberal politicians in the GOP are easy for the left to turn, why is that?)
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To: deport

I’m aghast that some here are actually defending this freak show cult of pedophilia. You ought to know that there’s some of us out here that will take matters into their own hands if you touch our daughters, you won’t do a single minute of jail time because you won’t live that long, you friggin sickos.


26 posted on 03/19/2010 6:47:59 PM PDT by AussieJoe
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To: AussieJoe
You ought to know that there’s some of us out here that will take matters into their own hands if you touch our daughters,

This group was so sick that the men and mothers, bred their daughters to exchange among the adult men as "wives" and they drove a percentage of their sons away, to eliminate their competing for the girls and interfering with the well oiled machine.

27 posted on 03/19/2010 6:56:01 PM PDT by ansel12 (Social liberal politicians in the GOP are easy for the left to turn, why is that?)
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To: deport

He’s innocent, I tells ya! What could be wrong with marrying a few 15 year olds??


28 posted on 03/19/2010 7:00:06 PM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: AussieJoe
I’m aghast that some here are actually defending this freak show cult of pedophilia. You ought to know that there’s some of us out here that will take matters into their own hands if you touch our daughters, you won’t do a single minute of jail time because you won’t live that long, you friggin sickos.

There are hundreds of thousands of teenage school girls who get pregnant every year. Your taxes go to pay for their bastard children. Their daddies continue to freely prey on young girls. You get your britches tied in a knot because some people here in FR see the a perversion of justice in the state of Texas singling out the polygamists for punishment. Why shouldn't we expect them to go into the ghetto and apply the same standard?

29 posted on 03/19/2010 7:06:18 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Gee this is like having a flashback to the original threads, even a conviction doesn’t slow you guys down.


30 posted on 03/19/2010 7:39:40 PM PDT by ansel12 (Social liberal politicians in the GOP are easy for the left to turn, why is that?)
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To: DejaJude
Texas sounds like my kind of state.

It's more a San Angelo/Tom Green County thing. They still have as sense of West Texas Justice up there. I wish those jurors would move South to Kerr County. Here's the 411 from our slap on the wrist courts from two days ago:

After a morning of difficult testimony by a 14-year-old victim, John Brendan Flowers changed his “not guilty” plea to “guilty” on two indictments of aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 14 and one count of sexual assault of a child younger than 14.

He was sentenced to three five-year sentences to run concurrently in a Texas state penitentiary.

The deal also means Flowers will avoid prosecution on five different charges pending against him. He pleaded guilty to one charge each from three separate underage victims whose ages ranged from 12 to 14 when the assaults occurred.

31 posted on 03/19/2010 7:49:09 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: sockmonkey

I wish those jurors would move South to Kerr County.


The jurors didn’t get a chance in the trial you are referencing. It was a copped plea deal made during a lunch break in the trial.


32 posted on 03/19/2010 8:09:53 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
It was a copped plea deal made during a lunch break in the trial.

Thank you for correcting that for me. Do you know the reasoning for that? I thought his victims had already testified.

33 posted on 03/19/2010 8:42:31 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: ansel12
Gee this is like having a flashback to the original threads, even a conviction doesn’t slow you guys down.

So you can't explain why it's important to piss on a dwindling polygamist group in mid America while continuing to subsidize growing numbers of unwed mothers who in many cases are underage.

34 posted on 03/19/2010 8:44:56 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: deport

I see when the jurors in Kerr County actually do get to find someone guilty, they can do West Texas:

On Thursday, Dec. 4, a jury in the 198th District Court gave Assistant District Attorney Amos Barton what he might have never even dreamed — convicting the defendant to a total of 297-years for three felony counts of sexual assault of a child.


35 posted on 03/19/2010 8:55:05 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Talisker

I agree with your points. As I am not American, I have little opinion about this silly cult group - I agree that they have to be made to respect the law. But 75 years? His mistake seems to have been to “marry” the girl. I await the slightest sign that men who knock up teenage girls will face any charges at all - they are free, so long as they do it in a secular manner.


36 posted on 03/20/2010 2:05:03 AM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: sockmonkey

From the Kerrville Daily Times:

After cross examination, the court adjourned for lunch and the prosecution offered Flowers the deal.

Along with a five-year jail sentence, Flowers was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,020.08 and is required to register as a sex offender.

“I have mixed emotions,” said 198th assistant district attorney and prosecutor Brad McCullouch. “There was a big part of me that wanted to see this case decided by a jury. Then I saw how the defense attorney re-victimized a 14-year-old little girl, and I just wasn’t willing to put the other two victims through that. I know I wouldn’t want my child to have to go through that. Brendan Flowers stood up today in front of a district judge, told him he was pleading guilty because he was guilty and for no other reason. Five years, three felonies and lifetime sex registration requirements is the right thing to do.”

Read more: http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:3gnlknYcFA4J:dailyme.com/story/2010031800001385/man-sentenced-5-years-sexual-assault.html+John+Brendan+Flowers&cd=8&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us#ixzz0iituHT2s


37 posted on 03/20/2010 6:32:11 AM PDT by deport
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To: deport

There were a few factors pertaining to the Brendan Flowers trial that ultimately resulted in a plea bargain during the lunch break. The DA and Assistant DA a bit gun shy from the previous trial, the defense attorney was despicable in handling one of the victims, the prosecution not quite able to read the jurors. If the plea bargain had not been accepted he would have gotten the maximum sentence before the jury. Two out of the three victims agreed to the plea.
Deport where did you get your information and why the interest in this particular case?


38 posted on 10/28/2011 9:36:04 PM PDT by TPCounts
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To: TPCounts

If your are asking about post # 37 then that article came from the Kerrville Daily Times as I cited and linked. However it appears that KDT now require online registration to read it. The story is still there online for a registration fee. The FLDS events at the YFZ location out of Eldorado Tx was followed on FR from the raid through court actions.


39 posted on 10/29/2011 6:05:46 AM PDT by deport
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To: deport

It’s just interesting to me because I have been following the FLD case, then out of the blue the Brendan Flowers case comes up. I am originally from Kerrville and was present during this particular trial.
Even though the jury would have been much tougher as you stated had he been able to go before the jury. Victims had to be escorted out of the court house property by B.A.C.A. because of hostilities towards victims.
They were being cursed at and obscene gestures were made towards the victims from a youth Christian group called Young Life. It was unbelievable!


40 posted on 10/29/2011 11:13:44 AM PDT by TPCounts
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In pertaining to Jessops group although he is being delt with legally his group is still around. They have to make money and they do so all over San Angelo. I know of contractors who were constantly being out bid by members of this particular group because since they pool all their money together they can afford to do jobs much cheaper. Who can compete with them? And they get the jobs with people knowing full well who they are but it’s all about saving the mighty dollar. I know of a concrete company who totally stopped doing business with a particular local supply co., because not only did they do business with these group of criminals but the management treated them like good buddies. So basically San Angelo and surrounding towns are supporting them. So we can gripe about them all we want and about the horrendous crimes they commit but until we stop supporting them and and stop looking the other way, they’re going to stick around.


41 posted on 10/29/2011 12:30:34 PM PDT by TPCounts
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To: TPCounts

I spend time on FR and items about events in Texas interest me. There were a lot of threads on the events back when the raid occurred at the Ranch and subsequent actions. Click the following link and work it backwards in time and you’ll find many threads.

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/flds/index?tab=articles

This was a search using the ‘keyword’ FLDS. I’m sure you’d find different threads using other ‘keyword’ or title searches.

John Brendan Flowers gives the following results at the Kerrville Daily News but you need a subscription to read them now. I think the one I orginally linked to was dated March 18, 2010.

http://dailytimes.com/search/?q=++brendan+flowers&t=article&l=10&d=&d1=&d2=&s=&sd=desc&f=html

Take care and have a nice weekend.


42 posted on 10/29/2011 1:49:07 PM PDT by deport
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