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Polygamist Sect Leader Warren Jeffs Hospitalized

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Image: Warren Jeffs in July 2011
Warren Jeffs arrives at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas, on July 28, 2011. Tony Gutierrez / AP

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Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has been hospitalized, according to prison officials in Texas.

Jeffs, 58, is serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting two minors whom he described as his spiritual wives. At trial, prosecutors presented DNA evidence to show he fathered a child with one of those girls, aged 15.

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Jeffs is being treated at a hospital in Galveston. It was not clear why or when Jeffs was transported from prison.

Image: Warren Jeffs in Aug. 2011
This Aug. 9, 2011 photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.AP

His Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism whose members believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven.

Jeffs will be eligible for parole in 2038.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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