Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mormon fundamentalist convicted of murder

A member of a Mormon fundamentalist sect (not part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Community of Christ, etc...) was convicted of crimes related to blood atonement against "sons of perdition" (I.E. apostates).  Excerpts: Ervil LeBaron's daughter going to prison in connection with '92 sect killings, Salt Lake Tribune
Houston • A polygamous sect leader's daughter was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge relating to the shotgun killings in Texas of an 8-year-old girl and three sect members who had left the church.
Jacqueline LeBaron, the daughter of Utah polygamist Ervil LeBaron, was originally indicted in 1992 but was a fugitive for almost 20 years before being arrested last year in Honduras. She had faced 14 counts, including murder, and could have faced life in prison.
Jacqueline LeBaron was among six family members charged in the killings. Authorities say she and her family were following their sect's doctrine of blood atonement, in which defectors were killed.

Moreno said LeBaron had admitted that in May 1988 that she followed the instructions of her brother and gave her sister $500, telling her to go to Houston and prepare for the murders of the "Sons of Perdition."
Ervil LeBaron had created the Church of the First Born of the Lamb of God in the 1970s. He taught that anyone who left the church would be called the "Sons of Perdition" and should be killed, Moreno said.
Former sect members had left the church after Ervil LeBaron was convicted in Utah for murder. While in prison, Evril LeBaron drew up a document stating that the three had become "Sons of Perdition" and ordered his remaining followers — mostly his wives and children — to kill them. Ervil LeBaron died in prison in 1981, but his orders were preached after his death.

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