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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.

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

A former Dolores County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting multiple boys, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is asking for other possible victims to come forward.

Jim Legans, Jr. / Creative Commons

An officer with the New Mexico State Police was shot Sunday morning in Farmington, reportedly by a burglary suspect who was then killed in a resulting shootout.

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