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Fears about polygamist sect dwindle in Texas town

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ELDORADO, Texas (AP) - When word spread eight years ago that a strange polygamist sect had picked their remote corner of Texas to settle in, many in the town of Eldorado were nervous.

As the San Antonio Express News reports (http://bit.ly/SDc6KZ), some people were downright terrified.

Outside the local courthouse in the Spring of 2004, one woman held a poster that read, "The Devil is Here."

Another man invoked visions of Waco and 1993's armed standoff with a religious fringe group.

But now, the sect's leader, Warren Jeffs, is serving a life prison sentence for sexual offenses.

The group's 1,700-acre Yearning for Zion ranch is largely abandoned, and the state is trying to seize it in a forfeiture action filed this week.

And many in Eldorado say fears about the sect have subsided.

 

Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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