UPDATED 3 p.m. 6/23/2010
The jury was out for slightly less than an hour Tuesday morning before returning with a guilty verdict in the Abram Harker Jeffs case.
Jeffs was convicted of Sexual Assault of a Child. The crime stems from his polygamous marriage to an underage girl while living at the YFZ Ranch. DNA evidence pointed to Jeffs as the father of the victim’s child.
Because the victim was someone Jeffs was legally prohibited from marrying, the second degree felony was enhanced to a first degree, meaning that he is facing up to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.