Polygamous couple from Bountiful, BC jailed for luring child bride

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 12, 2017

In British Columbia Friday 71-year old Brandon Blackmore was sentenced to jail for one year, and probation for a year and a half, for taking his 13-year old daughter into the United States for the goal of having her marry Warren Jeffs.

Records recovered from a concrete-encased vault during a police raid on a ranch in the U.S. state of Texas, which were presented at trial, showed the girl married Warren Jeffs, the fundamentalist Mormon leader sentenced to life in prison for child sexual assault in 2011.

Special prosecutor Peter Wilson told a sentencing hearing last month that 71-year-old Brandon Blackmore should serve a jail sentence of 12 to 18 months, while Gail Blackmore, 60, should get six to 12 months.

Brandon Blackmore has been sentenced to a year in prison, while his former wife Gail Blackmore has been sentenced to seven months behind bars. The sect's Texas compound was raided in 2008 and Jeffs was charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old, the latter with whom he fathered a child.

But the supreme Court of British Columbia had finally ruled that this ban on polygamy was constitutional.

Brandon and Gail Blackmore brought the 13-year-old girl to Utah to marry Jeffs in 2004.

The 10,000-strong sect, which dominates the towns of Bountiful, in British Columbia, Colorado City in Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, split from the mainstream Mormon church more than a century ago.

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