The Latest: Polygamous sect leader pleads not guilty in Utah



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a polygamous sect leader in court after his capture (all times local):

4 p.m.

A polygamous sect leader is pleading not guilty to a failure to appear charge filed after his nearly year-long stint as a fugitive.

Lyle Jeffs appeared before a federal judge in Utah on Monday, looking thinner than he did in previous court appearances. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on that charge.

Jeffs has also pleaded not guilty to charges filed in a suspected multimillion-dollar food-stamp fraud scheme. He was awaiting trial when he escaped from home confinement in Salt Lake City in June 2016.

He was recaptured in South Dakota last month after pawning two pairs of pliers while apparently living out of his pickup truck.

The two other felony counts of benefits fraud and money laundering carry possible 5- and 10-year sentences.

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10 a.m.

A polygamous sect leader captured after nearly a year on the run is due back in a federal courtroom in Utah.

Lyle Jeffs is set to be arraigned Monday on a felony count connected to his time as a fugitive as well as charges filed in a suspected multimillion food-stamp fraud scheme.

Jeffs was awaiting trial in the food-stamp fraud case when he escaped from home confinement in Salt Lake City in June 2016.

He was recaptured in South Dakota last month after pawning two pairs of pliers while apparently living out of his pickup truck.

Jeffs could face up to 10 years in prison on a failure-to-appear charge filed after his arrest.

The two other felony counts of benefits fraud and money laundering carry possible 5- and 10-year sentences.

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