Two men with 29 wives, 160 children convicted of polygamy, sentenced to house arrest
Two Canadian men found guilty of polygamy will serve a total of nine months collectively of house arrest and will also face 12 months of probation each, according to a Fox News report. James Oler, 53, was found guilty of having five wives and sentenced to three months of house arrest, 75 hours of community service and a year of probation, according to the report.Winston Blackmore, 61, was found guilty last year of having 24 wives and sentenced to six months of house arrest, 150 hours of community service and a year of probation, according to the report.
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More: New Jersey could be first state to ban marriage for minors: reportMore: Brick child porn arrest follows tip from Canadian MountiesThe sentencing came Tuesday, according to the report. Both of these men are leaders of a fundamentalist isolated Mormon Community, that believes in multiple marriages. The group split from the Mormon Community of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints which renounced polygamy in the late 19th century and disputes any connection to the fundamentalist group’s form of Mormonism, according to the report. “I’m guilty of living my religion and that’s all I’m saying today because I’ve never denied that,” Blackmore told reporters last year after his conviction.Blackmore has 149 children.
Ten years after law enforcement raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch outside the West Texas town of Eldorado, residents recall how Warren Jeffs’ sexual abuse of children left its mark. The YFZ Ranch now belongs to the state and sits empty. Yfat Yossifor / Standard-Times files
Along with private housing, FLDS church members worked on San Angelo schools, city and county contracts. While controversial at the time, the Yearning For Zion Ranch residents passed background checks, officials said. By law, public entities can't discriminate based on religion.
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