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Winston Blackmore, who is accused of having two dozen wives, at the BC Supreme Court in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Todd Korol


(Reuters) - A Canadian court on Monday found a former leader of a breakaway religious sect guilty of practicing polygamy, after a decades-long attempt to prosecute members of the group, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said.

Winston Blackmore, a former bishop of the breakaway Mormon community of Bountiful in southeastern British Columbia, was found guilty by a British Columbia Supreme Court judge of one count of polygamy.

Justice Sheri Ann Donegan had not yet given her finding on Blackmore's co-accused, James Oler, another former leader of the sect, who also faced one count of polygamy.

(Reporting by Nicole Mordant in Vancouver; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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