Polygamist, FLDS leader's son gets 75 years behind bars

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Merril Leroy Jessop, 35, was sentenced to 75 years behind bars. By Alicia Barron Merril Leroy Jessop, 35, was sentenced to 75 years behind bars. By Alicia Barron

SAN ANGELO – Another FLDS member has been sentenced after having been found guilty of sexual assault of a child.

Merril Leroy Jessop, 35, was sentenced to 75 years behind bars and must pay a fine of $10,000.

Jessop is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which practices polygamy, and the latest to be sentenced in a series of trials involving male FLDS members following the federal raid on their El Dorado compound. Jessop is a follower of self-described prophet Warren Jeffs.

Jessop’s father, Merril Jessop Sr. has been indicted and is awaiting trial. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations at the FLDS compound in Texas.

The Jessop family was profiled in Carolyn Jessop’s book The Escape after she escaped the compound while being married to the senior Jessop.

Photo of Merril Leroy Jessop courtey of Go San Angelo.