Polygamist Jeffs in Critical Condition Following Prison Fast

August 29, 2011 Updated Aug 29, 2011 at 7:42 PM EDT

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Warren Jeffs

August 29, 2011 Updated Aug 29, 2011 at 7:42 PM EDT

A prison official said convicted polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs is in critical condition in a Texas hospital as the result of a fast, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune.

"Jeffs has not been eating/taking in fluids as he should," spokesman Jason Clark said in a news release. "He indicated he was not on a hunger strike but fasting."

Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month after being found guilty of sexually assaulting two girls (ages 12 and 15) he took as polygamous wives.

Read the Salt Lake Tribune story HERE.