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article imageWarren S. Jeffs Attempts Suicide

By KJ Mullins     Nov 7, 2007 in World
It has been revealed that Warren S. Jeffs attempted suicide in his jail cell last January. Jeffs is the leader of a polygamous sect of the Mormon church. The incident took place at Purgatory Correctional Facility.
The attempt came within days of his claim that he had been "deceived by the powers of evil". Jeffs also had appeared to renounce his claim that he was a propet.
"I am not the one to be the prophet, and I am not the one to continue," Jeffs said in a June 11 telephone call to FLDS member Merrill Jessop, who presides over the sect's YFZ Ranch in Eldorado, Texas.
The 51 year old leader has been in jail for five months before the suicide attempt. He had become more disoriented after losing at least 20 pounds. He also had lesions on his knees because he had prayed in a kneeling position for lengthly periods of time.
During this period of time he was in communication with his brothers.
'I am sorry': A day later, during a jailhouse visit with his brother Nephi, he urged followers to "have your testimony bright" and apologized for causing them distress.
Jeffs also said he was the "most wicked man in this dispensation, in the eyes of God."
Nephi Jeffs suggested his older brother was being tested by the Lord and promised that followers "will not forsake you."
This information was released by Fifth District Judge James L. Shumate on Tuesday.
The attempted suicide took place on January 28 when Jeffs tried to hang himself. After he had been evaluated at Dixie Regional Medical Center he was returned to his cell with a suicide watch status. On the 30th of the same month he had to be sedated by guards after "throwing himself against the walls." He continued to be agitated, on Feb. 2 he was banging his head against the wall. He was put on antidepressants for February and March, but had stopped using the medication by April.
Jeffs trial began on March 27 for two charges of being an accomplice to rape.. He appeared to the judge to be in a "depressed, catatonic state." Nevertheless he was deemed fit for the trial by Shumate. A jury convicted Jeffs on both counts on Sept. 25. He is set to be sentenced on November 20.
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