MIDLAND, Texas • Jurors have been selected in the bigamy trial of a former lieutenant to polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs.
Wendell Loy Nielsen's trial in West Texas will begin with opening arguments Thursday. Nielsen and 11 other members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were indicted after a 2008 raid on the church's remote compound in West Texas.
Nielsen could get up to 10 years in prison. He reportedly refused to plead no contest and be sentenced to probation because he thought the proposed conditions were too restrictive.