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Leader of Amish Bergholz clan wants light sentence

7:25 PM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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TOLEDO, Ohio -- The leader of an Amish breakaway group in Ohio who was convicted in a series of beard- and hair-cutting attacks is asking a federal judge for a light sentence.

The attorney for Samuel Mullet Sr. says in court documents filed Friday that Mullet has no criminal history and that the 67-year-old is hardly a threat to commit any more crimes.

Mullet faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced next week in Cleveland, but his attorney is asking for a sentence of 18 months to two years.

A jury last September found Mullet guilty of hate crimes by orchestrating attacks against members of his own faith in a dispute over religious differences in eastern Ohio.

Mullet's attorney says what happened was no more than a minor assault.

Associated Press

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