CLEVELAND: Prosecutors hope the ringleader of beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish will receive a life prison term today when he’s sentenced in a case that shed unwelcome light on discipline and dissent in a community that tries to stay apart from modern culture.
Samuel Mullet Sr. and 15 members of his extended family face sentencing in U.S. District Court and could receive more than 10 years in prison.
The 10 men and six women were convicted last year in five attacks in Amish communities in Ohio in 2011.
The government says 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, and cutting it would be offensive to Amish.