Lyle Jeffs has escaped federal custody only two weeks after his release on bond in Salt Lake City, reports the Custer County Chronicle. Jeffs, leader of the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) compound near Pringle, was awaiting trial for facilitating large-scale food stamp fraud.
Many former FLDS members and other community members and officials were angry to hear that Jeffs had been released from custody at all. Custer County Sheriff, Rick Wheeler suspects that Jeffs will attempt to return to the compound at Pringle, while one Jeffs’ family members believe that he has already left the country.
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