Warren Jeffs Set To Enter Plea In Arizona

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A polygamist sect leader already facing prison time in Utah is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Arizona Wednesday.

His lawyer says Warren Jeffs will plead not guilty to sex charges stemming from the arranged marriages of two teenage girls to older men.

Arizona prosecutors filed charges against Jeffs even before he faced charges in Utah, where he was convicted last year of rape as an accomplice.

The Arizona charges stem from the arranged marriages of a man in his early 50s to his 17-year-old relative and a marriage between a 19-year-old man and his 14-year-old cousin.

The second marriage is what also led to Jeffs’ conviction in Utah. Arizona prosecutors say that doesn’t prevent them from bringing charges.

Jeffs has already been sentenced in Utah to two consecutive terms of five years to life in prison.