Polygamist compound in Pringle sold for $750,000


CUSTER, S.D. — A 140-acre property near Pringle that served as a compound for a a secretive polygamist sect was sold at the Custer County Courthouse on Thursday.

Custer County Sheriff Marty Mechaley had been ordered by a judge to sell the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ property in January. Before the sale, the sect had owed nearly $1.7 million to three men as part of a 2017 settlement in federal court.

Flds Compound

One of the three men owed in the settlement, Patrick Pipkin, was named as the purchaser of the compound. Payment must be received by 3 p.m. Thursday.

As of this time, authorities are unsure how many people are still living on the compound, but anyone still living there will be subject to eviction. Mechaley tells NewsCenter1 the people living on the property have been cooperative with the process.

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