FLDS’s compound sold in Sheriff’s auction to former members
The land was sold for $750,000.
PRINGLE, S.D. (KOTA) - The controversial polygamist compound near Pringle was bought at a sheriff’s auction on Thursday, by former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The FLDS is linked to a man, Warren Jeffs, who is serving a life sentence in prison for the sexual assaults of children. Jeffs claimed these children were his brides.
The group’s 140 acre compound near Pringle was home to some of Jeff’s followers and was sold Thursday for $750,000.
A court ordered the sale of the land after a federal default judgment in 2018 against the FLDS and others for violating people’s Constitutional religious freedoms.
When the church failed to show for a hearing on January 14th, Seventh Circuit Judge Matt Brown entered the default judgment in the case, when the plaintiffs tried to collect that judgment.
With interest, that judgment is now about $1.7 million, so the $750,000 will be used against that amount, meaning the FLDS still owes roughly $1 million.
The plaintiffs in this case are former members of the FLDS.
The FLDS now has a redemption period where they could re-obtain the property.
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