Member of polygamist group sentenced

Member of polygamist group sentenced

Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) -- A 57-year-old member of a polygamist group raided by Texas authorities last year has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for the sexual assault of a child.

A Schleicher County jury in the West Texas town of Eldorado reached the decision Thursday night in the case of Allan Eugene Keate , according to a statement released by the Texas attorney general.

The panel deliberated less than two hours Tuesday before convicting Keate for his alleged so-called "spiritual marriage" to a 15-year-old girl who gave birth at age 16. He faced a possible life sentence.

Much of the prosecution's case relied on extensive church records seized from the Yearning For Zion Ranch in April 2008. One set of records indicated Keate had six wives, ranging in age from 17 to 49, in March 2007.

Keate is the second member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be convicted of sexual assault of a child in Texas.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Related stories

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics



Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast