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Amish leader gets 15 years for beard attacks
February 8th, 2013
04:24 PM ET

Amish leader gets 15 years for beard attacks

A leader of a breakaway Amish community in rural eastern Ohio was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for forcibly cutting the beards and hair of community members, Court Clerk Robert Pitts said.

Sam Mullet Sr. and 15 followers were found guilty last year of conspiracy to violate federal hate-crime law in connection with what authorities said were the religiously motivated attacks on several fellow Amish people.

Prosecutors said the 15 followers, at Mullet's instruction, shaved the beards and cut the hair of Amish people who had left his group over various religious disagreements. Five attacks happened in four eastern Ohio counties between September and November 2011.

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Filed under: Amish • Belief • Crime • Ohio

soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Lady Spring

    Shear the beard!

    March 4, 2013 at 11:54 am |
  2. steve brickman

    I wish all terrorists were Amish

    February 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
  3. Wow.

    Okay, I'm going to say it 15yrs for something that will grow back is too much. Way too much.

    February 10, 2013 at 9:09 am |
  4. TheRationale

    LITTLE AMISH, LITTLE AMISH, LET ME IN, LET ME IN

    NOT BY THE HAIR OF MY CHINNY CHIN CHIN!

    February 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
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