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 Old Testament figure returned to Earth to promote child marriage, the Deseret News reported .
He maintained that it doesn’t matter how long he goes to prison because society won’t last much longer.
Judge Marvin Bagley told Coltharp his beliefs are wrong and don’t come from the Bible. He said he hopes Coltharp is never released from prison.
Coltharp pleaded guilty to sodomy and child bigamy charges in June. He could spend life in prison as he waits for a parole board to determine a possible release date.
Coltharp and his friend Samuel W. Shaffer, 34, formed a group called the Knights of the Crystal Blade based on arcane Mormon ideas long abandoned by the mainstream church, authorities said.
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Source: Fox News