9 February 2013
Amish leader gets 15 years for beard-chopping attacks
The leader of a breakaway Amish group who ordered his followers to chop off his rivals' beards was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of hate crimes. Fifteen others convicted in the attacks, including three of ringleader Samuel Mullet's brothers and six women, were given lesser sentences of between one and seven years in prison. Federal prosecutors said Mullet, 67, a religious leader in the small Amish community of Bergholz, Ohio, had ordered a "campaign of terror" against nine people, including estranged family members, who had challenged his leadership.