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New owner gives polygamist sect mansion surprising makeover

It is quite the transformation.

"Good Morning America" reports that the former compound owned by Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs is now open to the public as a bed-and-breakfast.

The compound was built in 2010-2011 for Jeffs and his many wives and children while Jeffs was awaiting trial. Jeffs was convicted of two accounts of sexual assault on teenage girls and sentenced to life in prison in Texas.

While the sect leader never lived there, his presence will be felt at the property because of the name chosen for the new business.

Now called America's Most Wanted Suites and Bed & Breakfast, the $3.6 million property has been transformed into a resort designed to attract those with a love of the outdoors and nature. The location provides access to both Zion's National Park and the Grand Canyon.

The former bodyguard of Jeffs, Willie Jessop, was able to purchase the property with funds he received from a lawsuit filed against the polygamist sect. Jessop was excommunicated from the group and claimed his business suffered afterward.

Jessop has converted the former polygamist compound into 14 rooms that are each personally decorated and feature big-screen televisions with satellite service. Breakfast is included and served at the Merry Wives Café, according to the Salt Lake Tribune report.

Room rates are not yet listed on the property’s website, but reservations are being accepted.

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