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02-08-13, 04:25 PM #1
Samuel Mullet Sr., ringleader of Amish beard-cutting attacks, sentenced to 15 years in prisonBefore his sentencing, Mullet told Judge Dan Aaron Polster in Cleveland that he had been blamed for running a cult and was ready to take the punishment. Polster was also sentenced 15 years while other Amish got prison terms ranging from one to seven years.Mullet and his family deny his community is a cult. The government asked for a life sentence for Mullet. The defense asked for two years or less.The 10 men and six women were convicted last year in five attacks in Amish communities in 2011. The government said the attacks were retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced Mullet's authoritarian style.Amish believe the Bible instructs women to let their hair grow long and men to grow beards once they marry. Cutting it would be offensive to Amish.The defendants were charged with a hate crime because prosecutors believe religious differences brought about the attacks.
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