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FLDS Son Cuts Deal With Prosecutors

A teenage son of Warren Jeffs, the leader of the FLDS church, has reached an agreement with authorities to avoid any punishment relating to his arrest during the April raid of the church's YZF Ranch.

Levi Jeffs, 19, was arrested after state troopers stopped the car he was driving through the church's compound, according to Raymond Loomis, a prosecutor in Schleicher County, location of the ranch. Troopers charged him with interfering with a public servant, which is a misdemeanor.

"He complied, he didn't resist, or there was no problem in that respect, but he had a girl inside the vehicle, so they deemed that he was trying to work against the DPS officers," Loomis tells Hair Balls. "I didn't go for a conviction because it just did not look egregious to me."

The case will remain pending for a year, and if Jeffs meets with a probation officer and doesn't get in trouble, the charges will be dismissed, according to Loomis.

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The county attorney's office could prosecute on more case involving the FLDS, Loomis says, but an indictment hasn't been returned from the grand jury.

According to the Deseret News, Levi Jeffs was one of the two men arrested during the initial raid. The other case, a felony tampering with evidence charge, is still pending. Court hearings are scheduled next week for both the child-custody cases and the criminal case against the FLDS.

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