Winston Blackmore & James Oler found guilty in decades-long B.C. polygamy case

A decades-long polygamy case in B.C. came to an end on Monday.

FEATURED PHOTO: Winston Blackmore appears outside the courthouse in Creston, B.C., in 2014 along with a number of his daughters, who came to support him. Blackmore, the leader of a fundamentalist sect located in Bountiful, B.C., was charged with polygamy three years earlier – TMTV Teamwork Media TV Inc. Photo

Winston Blackmore – TMTV Teamwork Media TV Inc. Photo
James Marion Oler arriving at the Creston BC Court House in 2014. TMTV.net Photo

A decades-long polygamy case in B.C. came to an end on Monday.

The court found James Oler married five women in so-called “celestial” marriages involving residents in the tiny religious community of Bountiful.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheri Ann Donegan ruled earlier in the day that Oler’s co-defendant Winston Blackmore was also guilty of polygamy after the trial heard he married 24 additional women after marrying Jane Blackmore.

Blackmore and Oler were once bishops in the isolated community of Bountiful, and were accused of having multiple wives.

Ten of Blackmore’s wives were 17 years old when he married them, three were 16 and one was 15 years old. Together they had 145 children.

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