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    Ringleader, family members face sentencing for beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio


    In this photo made on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, an Amish woman walks down the dirt road past the home of Sam Mullet Sr., and one of the the farms in Bergholz, Ohio that are worked by the families of sixteen men and women facing sentencing Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio. The defendants want leniency so they can return to their homes and farms, to teach their sons a trade and their daughters how to sew, cook and keep house. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    CLEVELAND - Prosecutors hope for a life prison term when a judge in Ohio sentences the ringleader in beard- and hair-cutting cutting attacks on fellow Amish.

    Sixty-seven-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. and 15 members of his extended family face sentencing Friday in Cleveland federal court.

    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. Mullet calls it an internal faith matter that didn't rise to a hate crime.

    Mullet's attorney asked for a sentence of two years or less.

    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.


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