Warren Jeffs in a coma

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by Associated Press and Jared Dillingham

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Posted on August 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 29 at 9:41 PM

DALLAS, TX - Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is in a coma in a Texas hospital after complications from fasting.

A person familiar with Jeffs' condition told The Associated Press on Monday that the 55-year-old prisoner's coma was medically-induced and he's expected to survive.

Jeffs' attorney Emily Detoto says her client was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler Sunday night.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons says Jeffs hasn't been eating or drinking enough since being sentenced this month to life in prison for sexually assaulting underage followers.

Lyons says Jeffs is in critical but stable condition. It's not clear how long he'll be hospitalized.

Former FLDS member Flora Jessop, now an outspoken critic of Jeffs and his teachings, hopes Jeffs survives.

"I don't want him to die. I want him to have to serve his time. Dying would be the easy way out. I hope they shove a feeding tube down his throat, pump him full of nutrients, and get him back on his feet," Jessop said Monday night.

 

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