Jan 15, 2016

Here are the other brothers in Warren Jeffs' inner circle

The Salt Lake Tribune
January 2, 2016

Warren Steed Jeffs has perhaps 65 siblings. He relies on a few of his full brothers to help him run and administer the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while he serves a sentence of up to life in prison for crimes related to taking underage girls as wives.

He is most dependent upon on Lyle, but there are other brothers closest to him. None has been charged with any crimes related to bigamy or sex abuse.

LeRoy Steed Jeffs, 63 • He's the oldest son of late FLDS President Rulon T. Jeffs and his fourth wife, Marilyn Steed. LeRoy followed his father into accounting, earning his license in 1976, according to testimony he once gave in a court case. He sat on the board of the United Effort Plan, a trust operated by the church, before the state of Utah seized it in 2005. He also has served on the boards of numerous FLDS-related companies.

LeRoy sat in prison for four months in 2006 for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury convened in Arizona to investigate Warren and the church. He remained silent despite the fact that a year earlier, he had been sent away by Warren to repent and his wives were reassigned. LeRoy was later allowed back into the FLDS. Evidence gathered by Texas law enforcement lists LeRoy as having married four girls between ages 14 and 16 from 1998 through 2004.

Nephi Steed Jeffs, 46 • Warren has long felt he can trust and confide in Nephi. In the late 1990s, when the brothers were still living at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Warren is said to have selected Nephi to serve as secretary, replacing the woman who had long served him and his father in the role. In 2007, when Warren was at the jail in Hurricane awaiting a trial in Utah on charges of being an accomplice to rape, it was Nephi to whom Warren denounced himself as not being the true FLDS prophet. (Warren later reversed that position.)

Nephi and Isaac Jeffs have visited Warren in his Texas prison and couriered messages between him and Lyle, according to court documents. Documents from Texas listed Nephi as having 14 wives as of 2008.

Seth Steed Jeffs, 42 • A former courier for Warren, Seth was arrested in 2005 in Colorado with a car full of letters for Warren as well as $142,000 in cash. Seth was charged in federal court with concealing a person from arrest. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years of probation.

Since then, Seth has been given responsibilities at the FLDS compound near Pringle, S.D. He has appeared at public hearings in South Dakota seeking approval to draw more water from the compound's well. The Texas evidence lists Seth as having five wives as of 2006.

Isaac Steed Jeffs, 41 • Isaac will always be remembered as the brother who was with Warren in 2006, when a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper pulled over their Cadillac Escalade and ended Warren's run from the law. Warren also placed him on the board of trustees for the United Order of Texas, the legal entity that owned the ranch raided by authorities in 2008.

Evidence from Texas lists Isaac as having had nine wives as of 2006, including two listed as being underage at the time of the marriages.


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