CLEVELAND – The leader of a breakaway Amish community in eastern Ohio plans to appeal his new federal sentence for the forced cutting of beards and hair of Amish people with whom he and others disagreed.
A judge this month resentenced 69-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. and 15 others from the Bergholz, Ohio, Amish community after an appellate court last year dismissed hate crime convictions against them, but left other charges intact. Mullet's original 15-year sentence was reduced to 10 years and nine months.
A notice of appeal was filed Monday.
Attorney Wendy Overmyer says the new appeal will argue that the judge used incorrect calculations for Mullet's latest sentence and wrongly ruled against Mullet's motion to dismiss all the charges against him. Mullet's been in custody since November 2011.