Jail sentence for 2 members of polygamous sect in Canada

Judith Bessette
Agosto 12, 2017

Two Canadians were sentenced to one year and seven months in prison on Friday for having been through the canada-u.s. border to a 13 year old girl in order to marry the guru of a sect of mormon.

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, 71, was sentenced to 12 months in jail by Justice Paul Pearlman, while his former wife Gail Blackmore was sentenced to seven months; the pair were also given 18 months' probation each.

Records recovered from a concrete-encased vault during a police raid on a ranch in the USA 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.

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A third defendant, James Oler, was found not guilty of transporting a 15-year-old girl during the trial, but he was convicted of polygamy in July alongside Brandon Blackmore's brother Winston Blackmore.

He was sentenced to life in prison by a Texas court in 2011.

At the time, the Blackmores were members of a polygamist enclave in Canada's westernmost British Columbia province.

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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