The leader of 16 Amish men and women found guilty of hate crimes for cutting the hair and beards of fellow members of their faith has lost another request to be released from prison.
CLEVELAND - The leader of 16 Amish convicted in beard-cutting attacks on other members of their faith in Ohio says he has been blamed for running a cult and is ready to take the punishment.
Sixty-seven-year-old Sam Mullet Sr., with his ankles in chains and a white beard down to mid-chest, briefly talked Friday at his sentencing in Cleveland federal court.
Mullet says he's been blamed for running a cult but always lived trying to help others. He told the judge he's ready "to take the punishment" for everybody.
The 10 men and six women were convicted last year in five attacks in Amish communities in 2011.
The government says the attacks were retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced Mullet's authoritarian style.
One of 16 Amish convicted in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio has a few days to say her goodbyes before heading to prison.
The Amish imprisoned in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio will no longer be required to attend high-school equivalency classes behind bars.
The Amish schoolhouse quiets as students in first through eighth grades settle into tight rows of scuffed metal desks to begin singing, their voices rising and dipping like the surrounding hills.
The leader of a group of 16 Amish men and women found guilty of hate crimes for cutting the hair and beards of fellow members of their faith has lost a request to be released from prison pending an appeal of his conviction and sentencing.
Sixteen Amish men and women who have lived rural, self-sufficient lives with little outside contact are facing regimented routines in a federal prison system where modern conveniences such as television will be a constant temptation.