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Sam Mullet stands in front of his home in Bergholz, Ohio, in this 2011 photo. An attorney for Mullet, the leader of an Amish breakaway group convicted of hate crimes in beard- and hair-cutting attacks has asked a federal judge for a light sentence, saying what happened was no more than a minor assault. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

Ohio Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The ringleader in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Before his sentencing, Samuel Mullet Sr. told Judge Dan Aaron Polster in Cleveland that he had been blamed for running a cult and was ready to take the punishment. Polster also sentenced 15 other Amish to prison terms ranging from one to seven years.

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