crime

San Miguel County Sheriff's Office

Two young sisters have been identified as the victims of a double homicide that took place near Norwood, a small ranching community about 30 miles west of Telluride.

Austin Cope

A New Mexico man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for the murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl near Shiprock in 2016.

Davis County Jail via Associated Press

Former polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs has pled guilty to two federal charges related to food stamp fraud. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the ex-bishop of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints plead guilty to defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, on Wednesday. He had been accused of pressuring or ordering church members to turn over SNAP benefits to his Church.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

A woman who was forced into marriage at the age of 14 in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been awarded $16 million from church President Warren Jeffs. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a Utah district judge last week awarded Elissa Wall, now 31, $4 million in damages and $12 million in punitive damages. Wall maintains that in 2001, Jeffs forced her to marry her 19-year-old cousin in Hildale, Utah, against her wishes. She says she endured multiple miscarriages and years of sexual abuse.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation

A federal judge has ruled that Colorado’s sex-offender registry violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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