Special to The Eldorado Success
by Steven Anderson
A San Angelo jury sentenced Keith Dutson, Jr. to six years in prison Tuesday and ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine after deliberating just over three hours. The sentence came following more than two and a half days of argument and testimony in the punishment phase of his trial.
The same jury had found Dutson guilty of Sexual Assault of a Child on Tuesday of last week. The verdict stemmed from the then 20 year-old’s so called “celestial” or “spiritual” marriage in 2005 to a 15 year old girl at the YFZ Ranch just outside Eldorado.
The YFZ Ranch is home base in Texas for members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS), some of whom practice polygamy and marriage with underage girls. Dutson is the seventh resident of the ranch to be sentenced to prison in a round of criminal cases that followed in the wake of the 2008 raid on the ranch.