A self-styled prophet who helped lead a Utah doomsday cult that practiced polygamy and promoted youngster marriage remained unrepentant Wednesday as he was despatched to jail for no less than 25 years.
A defiant John Coltharp, 35, advised a decide he was following ‘heavenly legal guidelines’ and was an Previous Testomony determine within the mildew of Jacob, Elijah and John, returned to Earth to encourage youngster marriage, the
‘My marriage was the proper factor to do,’ Coltharp, wearing a white-and-orange striped jail garb, advised the court docket. ‘If I’m a intercourse offender for what I’ve performed, if I am going to the opposite facet, I’ll be in good firm with all these different intercourse offenders.’
False prophet: John Coltharp, 35, one of many leaders of the tiny fundamentalist doomsday cult the Knights of the Crystal Blade, was unapologetic at his sentencing in Utah Wednesday
Requested by the decide if he thought his sentences ought to run consecutively or concurrently, Coltharp maintained that it does not matter how lengthy he spends behind bars as a result of doomsday was coming.
‘I personally do not care both method. Society is not going to final that lengthy,’ Coltharp declared, including that he would have been OK with the demise penalty as nicely.
Choose Marvin Bagley advised Coltharp his beliefs are unsuitable and do not come from the Bible. He stated he hopes Coltharp is rarely launched from jail.
Coltharp pleaded responsible to sodomy and youngster bigamy prices in June. He might spend life in jail as he waits for a parole board to find out a doable launch date.
Coltharp and his good friend Samuel Shaffer, 34, shaped a bunch referred to as the Knights of the Crystal Blade primarily based on arcane Mormon concepts lengthy deserted by the mainstream church, authorities stated.
The 2 have described the non secular group a ‘fundamentalist group for millennials’ that believed in an impending Muslim invasion of the USA and a nearing apocalypse.
Each males held the title of prophet at completely different factors and every secretly married one another’s two daughters ages 4 by eight, in accordance with prosecutors.
Deputies found the 4 ladies in barrels and an deserted trailer on a makeshift compound of delivery containers within the Utah desert about 275 miles south of Salt Lake Metropolis in December 2017.
A mom of two of the women had reported them lacking together with two of her sons, which triggered an Amber Alert. The boys took all six kids to the compound in preparation for an apocalypse or in hopes of gaining followers, authorities stated.
At his sentencing on Wednesday, Colthrap argued that straight, white males all internationally had been below assault and pointed a finger of blame at feminists.
Claiming that he was talking on the Lord’s command, Coltharp declared that the federal government of the USA and all of the others governments on the earth can be overthrown.
Prosecutor Kevin Daniels confirmed the court docket a drawing from one of many younger victims, which he stated depicted bees and wasps attacking Coltharp and Shaffer.
Daniels wistfully stated he wished he might pursue the demise penalty towards the defendant, however defined that below Utah legal guidelines, his fingers had been tied.
The court docket additionally heard from Steve Soble, a maternal grandfather of a few of the younger victims, who stated that the kids have been struggling to beat the trauma inflicted by the cult leaders however had been now lastly on the point of begin college.
After the listening to, Soble advised reporters he was comforted by the thought that Coltharp will seemingly spend the remainder of his days in jail and stated he was hopeful his time behind bars can be ‘uncomfortable.’
Shaffer is serving a jail sentence of no less than 26 years and as much as life following separate convictions associated to the abuse.
A 3rd man, 35-year-old Robert Roe, who authorities stated joined the group after assembly its founders by way of Fb, has additionally been charged with youngster sexual abuse, and police have stated Coltharp’s personal dad and mom have cooperated with investigators.
Roe, who’s accused of taking a 5-year-old woman as a bride, has not entered a plea but and his subsequent court docket look is scheduled for October 19.