Ken Paxton

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lehi Barlow Jeffs, Michael George Emack Sentenced to Prison for Sexually Assaulting Children, Violating Texas Bigamy Laws

The 51st District Court in Tom Green County today sentenced Lehi Barlow Jeffs of Eldorado to eight years in prison for sexually assaulting a child. The court rendered its prison sentence after the defendant entered a plea and the judge found that the defendant perpetrated both sexual assault and bigamy.

The court also sentenced Michael George Emack of Eldorado to seven years in prison for violating Texas bigamy laws. The sentence will run concurrently with the seven-year sentence he received in January for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

A total of 12 YFZ Ranch-related defendants have been indicted on sexual assault of a child, bigamy or other charges. Five defendants have been convicted on felony charges and sentenced to prison. The other seven defendants are awaiting trial. All prosecutions are being handled by the Office of the Attorney General, working in cooperation with District Attorney Steve Lupton of the 51st Judicial District.