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A Canadian Parent Who "Gifted" Daughter to Their Abuser Sentenced
 
Adjust font size:   Close Kaiwind Chang Yuqiang 2017-09-11
 

(kaiwind.com)A former husband and wife from the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C,have been sentenced to several months of jail time for taking a 13-year-old girl to the U.S. to be married,the Washington Post reports.

 

Suspects

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has sentenced Brandon Blackmore to a year in jail, while his ex-wife, Gail Blackmore, has been handed a term of seven months. Both have been ordered to serve 18 months' probation.

The pair were found guilty in February of the charge of taking a child under the age of 16 out of Canada for sexual purposes.

"In my view a term of imprisonment is warranted in this case," Justice Paul Pearlman said during Friday's sentencing.

 

The victim

The charges stemmed from the girl's 2004 marriage to Warren Jeffs, the prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who is now serving a life sentence in Texas.

The judge said the sentences should act as a deterrent to "secretive" weddings within the polygamist community.

Pearlman said Brandon Blackmore's "degree of culpability was high," and the man didn't express any remorse for taking the girl to the United States to marry a man who was 49 years old at the time.

 

Warren Jeffs

The judge said Gail Blackmore was a willing participant in the girl's removal from Canada.

Special prosecutor Peter Wilson told a sentencing hearing last month that 71-year-old Brandon Blackmore should serve a jail sentence of 12 to 18 months, while Gail Blackmore, 60, should get six to 12 months.

Wilson said Brandon Blackmore is more culpable than his ex-wife, but both were present at the wedding of the girl and knew what would happen.

Background:

 

 

Bountiful is a settlement located in the Creston Valley of southeastern British Columbia, Canada. The people living in Bountiful are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They believe that in order to get into heaven, men in the community must marry as many wives as possible. Women who have left the colony have complained the daughters of such unions are not educated properly and are forced into arranged marriages and to have children with much older men.As well, they say many sons are forced to leave the community in their teens because there aren’t enough women to go around.

Members of the FLDS, based in the side-by-side border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, openly practice polygamy. Jeffs, who is considered a prophet by his followers, has led the 10,000-member sect since his father's death in 2002. The FLDS is not affiliated with the mainstream Mormon church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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