Captured polygamist leader Warren Steed Jeffs is set to appear in a Las Vegas courtroom on Thursday to face extradition back to Utah on charges of arranging a child-bride marriage.
Here are some facts on the former fugitive:
• Date of Birth: December 3, 1955
• August 28, 2006: Jeffs is captured in traffic stop outside Las Vegas
• Jeffs is leader of polygamous sect known as Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS)
• Jeffs is a self-proclaimed "speaker of God's will"
• Warren Jeffs was on FBI's Ten Most Wanted list since last May
• Took control of the FLDS after his father, Rulon Jeffs, died in 2002
• Considered a "prophet" by his estimated 10,000 followers
• Has ties to the following areas: Utah; Arizona; Texas; Colorado; South Dakota; British Columbia, Canada; and Quintana Roo, Mexico
• Congregants mostly in Hildale, Utah and neighboring Colorado City, Ariz.
• Jeffs' Eldorado, TX compound is called the Yearning for Zion Ranch
• The number of residents at the ranch is estimated between 50 and 100
• Reported to have as many as 80 wives and more than 250 children
• Jeffs was wanted in Utah and Arizona for sex crimes
• Indicted in 2005 on two charges related to the arranged marriage between 16-year-old girl and a married man
• Report: FLDS banished young men from their communities, reportedly on the grounds of unacceptable behavior
• Reports by former members: young men banished was most likely done to make more younger women available to the older men
• Ex-members increasingly reported child and sexual abuse charges (mainly involving underage girls forced to marry older men)
• FLDS split from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when the mainstream Mormon Church disavowed plural marriage more than 100 years ago
• FLDS has estimated assets of $110 million
(Source: Associated Press)