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Trial date set for captured polygamous sect leader

Trial date set for captured polygamous sect leader

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal court is setting a trial date for a Utah polygamous sect leader captured after nearly a year on the run.

Court records filed Monday show Lyle Jeffs is set for trial on Sept. 18. He's facing 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 after pawning two pairs of pliers while apparently living out of his pickup truck last month.

Jeffs is facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted on a failure-to-appear charge. Counts of benefits fraud and money laundering carry possible 5- and 10-year sentences.

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