Child bride case ends in jail time

Cape Breton Post - - Canada - BY BILL GRAVELAND

A for­mer hus­band and wife from the polyg­a­mous com­mu­nity of Boun­ti­ful, B.C., are go­ing to jail for tak­ing a 13-year-old girl into the United States to marry the now-im­pris­oned leader of their sect.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has sen­tenced Bran­don Black­more to a year in jail, while his ex-wife, Gail Black­more, has been handed a term of seven months.

Both have been or­dered to serve 18 months’ pro­ba­tion.

The pair were found guilty in Fe­bru­ary of the charge of tak­ing a child un­der the age of 16 out of Canada for sex­ual pur­poses.

“In my view a term of im­pris­on­ment is war­ranted in this case,” Jus­tice Paul Pearl­man said dur­ing Fri­day’s sen­tenc­ing.

Their trial heard the girl was taken into the United States in 2004 to marry War­ren Jeffs, the prophet of the Fun­da­men­tal­ist Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter­Day Saints, who is now serv­ing a life sen­tence for as­sault­ing two of his child brides.

Pearl­man said it was im­por­tant to “send a clear mes­sage to oth­ers, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the FLDS com­mu­nity” by im­pos­ing the jail term.

Pearl­man said Bran­don Black­more’s “de­gree of cul­pa­bil­ity was high,” and the man didn’t ex­press any re­morse for tak­ing the girl to the United States to marry a man who was 49 years old at the time.

The judge said Gail Black­more was a will­ing par­tic­i­pant in the girl’s re­moval from Canada.

Spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor Peter Wil­son told a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing last month that 71-year-old Bran­don Black­more should serve a jail sen­tence of 12 to 18 months, while Gail Black­more, 60, should get six to 12 months.

Wil­son said Bran­don Black­more is more cul­pa­ble than his ex-wife, but both were present at the wed­ding of the girl and knew what would hap­pen.


Bran­don Black­more is go­ing to jail for tak­ing a 13-year-old girl into the United States to marry the now­im­pris­oned leader of their sect.


Gail Black­more, 60, leaves court dur­ing a lunch break in her sen­tenc­ing hear­ing in Cran­brook, B.C.

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