Man gets 15 years jail after cutting off beardsBy Mason White 4:21 AM February 14, 2013
By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted after ordering the beard cutting of several Amish community members, according to court proceedings in Ohio.
The controversial Amish leader who shares name with a notorious outdated hairstyle was sentenced to prison after ordering haircut attacks, as a judge ruled that they were hate crimes for its religious character.
Samuel Mullet and 15 of his followers were sentenced to prison terms after being convicted of five attacks, during which supporters allegedly forcibly cut the hair of men and women.
The Amish forbid their female members to cut their hair and teach men to grow beards after marriage.
While Mullet, 67, was not accused of directly participating in the attacks, he was accused of organizing and supporting them, even recruiting four of his children to participate.
“There is no doubt that Mullet wanted, approved and encouraged all these attacks,” a court filing by prosecutors in the case said.
Mullet received the harshest sentence by Judge Dan Aaron Polster of 15 years in prison. The others convicts in the case were sentenced to terms ranging from one to seven years in jail.
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