Cadillac Escalade Auctioned Off That Polygamist Leader Was Captured In
A red 2007 Cadillac Escalade, previously owned by a polygamist leader who was featured on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, was auctioned off on June 14th.
Warren Jeffs was the fugitive inside that Escalade when it was pulled over in August 2006 for a traffic violation in Las Vegas. Jeffs was on the run after being charged with two counts of rape as an accomplice and was arrested by the officer during the traffic stop.
The FBI found 15 cell phones, multiple laptop computers, and $54,000 in cash from the SUV, which helped support his conviction in 2011 of sexually assaulting two underage girls he had taken for wives. Jeffs is currently serving a life sentence in a Texas prison.
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The Escalade was auctioned from the front steps of the 5th District courthouse in St. George, Utah, on June 15th. The winning bid of $30,000 was made by Jeffs’ former bodyguard, William Jessor, who said he wants to feature the vehicle at his bed and breakfast. This is not the first time Jessor has bid on Jeffs’ former property; the bed and breakfast he owns was converted from Jeffs’ former compound.
He poetically named it America’s Most Wanted Suites and Bed & Breakfast.
Jessops also placed the winning bid of $50,000 for the contents of the Escalade from when the arrest was made, which is rumored to include prepaid credit cards, gift cards, phone cards, and other items. Despite spending $80,000 for the rights to the Escalade and its contents, Jessops may never see any of it because the FBI is still holding the Cadillac as evidence and may deciede not to release the SUV.
That’s a lot of money to possibly never get to experience that 2007 Cadillac Escalade and the 403 hp provided by its 6.2-liter vortec V8 engine.
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Via: St George News