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Captured polygamous sect leader pleads guilty in escape, fraud cases

SALT LAKE CITY — A high-ranking polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run pleaded guilty Wednesday in a food-stamp fraud and escape case, ending a wide-ranging investigation seen as a crackdown on the secretive group. Lyle Jeffs is facing three to five years in prison after pleading guilty to two felony counts in an agreement that also called for him to pay $1 million in restitution. U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber said it was a fair end to a hard-fought court battle. “We’re not out to punish people of faith, people with sincerely held religious beliefs. We’re out to punish fraudsters.

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