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Polygamous Leader Pleads Guilty In Fraud Case

Tooele County Sheriff's Office

Polygamous leader Lyle Jeffs faces up to five years in prison after agreeing to a plea deal in a food-stamp fraud and escape case.

Jeffs pleaded guilty to two felony charges on Tuesday. The agreement also requires him to pay $1 million in restitution. His sentencing hearing is set for Dec. 13.

U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber calls the agreement a fair end to a hard-fought court battle.

Jeffs's defense attorney declined to comment.


The 57-year-old escaped home confinement last year while awaiting trial in the fraud case. He was arrested in June in South Dakota after nearly a year on the run.


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