Jeff’s a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ has reportedly been fasting in protest at his conviction for sexual relations with girls as young as 12.
Jeffs attorney Emily Detoto said 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 as young as 12, that 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.
The punishment was the harshest possible and Jeffs isn’t eligible for parole until he is at least 100 years old.
Jeffs has been in protective custody, which is among the most restrictive forms of imprisonment in Texas. He was to be alone in his cell daily, not be involved in any work programs and be out of his cell only for recreation alone and to shower.
Former church members have said Jeffs likely would continue to lead his Utah-based church from inside prison and that his followers likely still revere him as a prophet.
Newswarped is wondering what Jeff’s was protesting about with his fast? Was it the lack of 12 year-old girls in prison?