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Warren Jeffs still commands the FLDS from prison

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It has now been five years since the FLDS were surprised by a raid on their Yearning for Zion Ranch outside of Eldorado, Texas.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It has now been five years since the FLDS were surprised by a raid on their Yearning for Zion Ranch outside of Eldorado, Texas.

Five years ago, hundreds of children were taken from the YFZ Ranch along with boxes of evidence.  The vast majority of the children would eventually be returned. Still, the boxes of evidence convinced a Texas jury that Warren Jeffs was a sexual predator -- a pedophile -- and it sentenced him to spend the rest of his life in jail.

Since then, a lot has changed for the polygamist group. One thing has not; Warren Jeffs still keeps iron fisted control.

He continues to make demands of his followers, demands that become more bizarre with each passing day.

A little girl who recently left the FLDS with her mother said, "At home, you couldn't have any toys. You couldn't ride bikes either." And another former member of the group said there's "no sex between husband and wife."

What's more, Warren's followers built for him a multi-million dollar mansion in Hildale, Utah. They were promised that the walls of his prison would crumble when the wall of the mansion were finished.

It didn't happen, but it doesn't seem to matter to either Warren or his followers.

A few, though, have had their eyes opened. Willie Jessop was once Warren's chief enforcer. After the raid in Texas, he was also Warren's spokesman. The trial convinced Willie that God was not with Warren.

On the anniversary of the raid, Willie Jessop texted me, "It's within a few minutes of the five-year anniversary of the YFZ raid in Texas with law enforcement entering the ranch in Texas. it's sad what ... they found."

I asked him about Warren's control of the people. He texted, "There has to be something done to stop his brothers from executing his sick power over the people."

Willie has long since been banished by Warren, but he remains in Hildale. He tires his best to reach as many as he can -- to convince them of the hard truth about Uncle Warren.

He's had only limited success.

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