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.
Shear the beard!
I wish all terrorists were Amish
Okay, I'm going to say it 15yrs for something that will grow back is too much. Way too much.
LITTLE AMISH, LITTLE AMISH, LET ME IN, LET ME IN
NOT BY THE HAIR OF MY CHINNY CHIN CHIN!
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