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Cult leader tells court he’s following “heavenly laws” in child marriage

Cult leader tells court he’s following “heavenly laws” in child marriage

MANTI, Utah (AP) — A self-styled prophet who helped lead a Utah doomsday cult that believed in polygamy and promoted child marriage remained defiant Wednesday as he was sent to prison for at least 25 years. John Coltharp, 35, told a judge he was following “heavenly laws” and was an […]

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Utah doomsday cult leader sentenced in Sanpete County

Utah doomsday cult leader sentenced in Sanpete County

The leader of a doomsday cult who pleaded guilty to to charges of child bigamy and sodomy will spend 26-years-to-life in prison. John Coltharp was sentenced in Manti’s 6th District Court on Wednesday. He and Samuel Shaffer were arrested last year after four children were reported missing out of Sanpete […]

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John Coltharp asks to represent himself…then withdraws request

John Coltharp asks to represent himself…then withdraws request

Will he or won’t he represent himself?  That seemed to be the question on Wednesday as John Coltharp made a request to represent himself in his child kidnapping and sexual abuse case in Sixth District Court.  Coltharp is facing four felony charges, the most serious being a 1st degree felony […]

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