A rogue Amish group convicted in a series of beard cutting attacks was sentenced to prison on Friday.

Amish beard bandit leader Sam Mullet was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The judge said Mullet is a danger to the community due to the control he has over his followers. The judge mentioned jail house tapes of the Amish group joking about the beard cutting attacks, and said more would happen.

15 other members of Mullet’s group got a lesser prison sentence of one to seven years behind bars.

During sentencing, Mullet told the judge that if he is a cult leader, then he should be the only one punished. Mullet says he is an old man and his words are being twisted in court.

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Mullet said his only mission in life is to help the young people in his community. His lawyer said his client is not a danger to the community.

The hate crimes terrorized an Amish community for months.


Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News