Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bergholz Amish Defendants Receive Sentences Up to 15 Years for Hate Crime Assaults

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio announced that on Friday 16 defendants were sentenced on hate crime charges growing out of a series of assaults on members of a rival Amish group in which the victims'  hair or beards were cut. (See prior posting.) As reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Bergholz Amish bishop Samuel Mullet received a 15 year sentence. Other defendants received sentences ranging from 7 years to just over one year. In imposing the sentences, federal district judge Dan Aaron Polster told the defendants:
Each and every one of you did more than terrorize, traumatize and disfigure the victims.You trampled on the Constitution.

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