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Beard cutting Amish leader convicted in Ohio

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Members of an Amish community in Burgholz, Ohio went to court in Cleveland Friday to hear the fate of the man some say is a monster.

A federal jury convicted Sam Mullet and 15 of his followers on kidnapping and conspiracy charges, as well as hate crimes.

It all started when rival bishops accused him of child abuse.  In retaliation, Mullet cut the beards and hair of his enemies, which is a grave insult for the Amish.

The prosecution in the case is pushing for Mullet to be sentenced to life behind bars.

His followers are facing several years in prison.

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