Nigel Parry

Polygamist Kody Brown defends his family's controversial lifestyle

October 13, 2010 06:20 PM

Sister Wives star Kody Brown is used to chaos. After all, he has four wives and 16 kids. But now that Utah authorities are pondering charging him with felony bigamy, Brown is definitely feeling the heat.

“I just hope,” Brown tells PEOPLE in its new issue, “they don’t put me in jail for loving four women.”

Since going public on TLC’s Sister Wives about his polygamist lifestyle, the affable 42-year-old ad salesman has found himself at the center of a legal showdown that could land him in prison for up to five years.

Last week, Lehi, Utah, police submitted their findings to the Utah County Attorney, who has yet to decide whether to charge Brown with a crime.

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Though it’s reportedly been nine years since anyone has been prosecuted for polygamy in Utah, the Brown family has hired a high-powered lawyer to mount a defense of Kody – and his family’s way of life.

Brown and his wives insist that they understood the legal dangers of doing going public and discussed it with their kids before signing on for a reality show. Still, they felt it was a risk worth taking in order to show a side to polygamy different from the most headline-making cases.

“We understand the outrage and confusion over our lifestyle,” says Robyn, 32, whose recent “spiritual” marriage ceremony to Kody is chronicled on the show’s Oct. 17 season finale. “We’re still Frankenstein and freaks to a lot of people.”

For more on Kody Brown’s story, pick up this week’s new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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