Last June, the brother of polygamist Mormon sect leader Warren Jeffs straight-up disappeared.
Lyle Jeffs was supposed to be in court on charges that he defrauded the government out of millions of dollars, but he managed to get rid of his ankle monitor and hadn’t been seen since.
A court filing from August offered an arguably tongue-in-cheek theory from his attorney, Kathryn Nester, as to why Jeffs wasn’t around anymore: he may have been raptured.
“As this Court is well aware, Mr. Jeffs is currently not available to inform his counsel whether or not he agrees to the Continuance. Whether his absence is based on absconding, as oft alleged by the Government in their filings, or whether he was taken and secreted against his will, or whether he experienced the miracle of rapture is unknown to counsel,” Kathryn Nester wrote. “However, his absence prevents counsel from obtaining his approval and thus further prevents counsel from filing a joinder with the Motion to Continue Current Trial Date in compliance with the local rules.”
The point she was making, of course, was that if Jeffs wasn’t around — regardless of reason — the trial couldn’t continue.
That shouldn’t be a problem anymore. Jeffs was captured and arrested last night.
Bishop Lyle Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was arrested Wednesday night in South Dakota after almost a year on the run, according to the FBI.
Jeffs, 57, is being held in Minnehaha County Jail in South Dakota. The details of his capture were not immediately available.
It’s about damn time. And now let’s hope he’ll be held accountable for the people he hurt through his pretend religion and the government he screwed over through food stamp fraud.
(Large portions of this article were published earlier)