Jeffs Back on Solid Foods

Polygamist prophet feeds himself!

Can't blame him for not liking prison food, I guess
Can't blame him for not liking prison food, I guess

It looks like polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the Mormon breakaway sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who has put himself through a series of hunger strikes since being jailed three years ago, has returned to eating on his own, Mohave County, Ariz., officials told the Salt Lake Tribune today.

It seems that since leading his flock (estimates put FLDS population at around 10,000 members in the U.S.) into a world of legal troubles and landing himself in jail in 2006 (after spending a good amount of time on the lam -- enough to get his mug added to the FBI's Most Wanted list), where he remains, Jeffs has intermittently decided not to eat -- fasts that have generally ended with a need for medical treatment or, in several cases -- including earlier this week -- have ended with officials having to force fed the prophet. "This has been a continuing problem with his on and off eating habits," Mohave Co. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter told the Trib. Indeed, things apparently got a bit dicey recently, according to a letter filed in court on Monday: Jeffs' condition was deteriorating, the court was told and "death could be imminent without immediate medical intervention."

But things are all better now, the Trib was told -- at least so far as his eating situation is concerned. Jeffs is serving two five-years-to-life sentences after being found guilty for rape-as-accomplice in Utah in 2007. Similar charges, related to performing marriages between adolescent girls and older men, are still pending in Arizona, as is a bigamy charge in Texas.

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