TOLEDO (AP) - An attorney for 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.
Samuel Mullet Sr.'s attorney said in court documents filed Friday that Mullet has no criminal history and that the 67-year-old is hardly a threat to commit any more crimes.
Mullet is scheduled to be sentenced next Friday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland and faces up to life in prison. But his attorney argued that a sentence of 18 months to two years is more appropriate.
ASKING FOR SHORTER SENTENCE — This is an Oct. 10, 2011, photo of Amish leader Sam Mullet standing in front of his home in Bergholz. 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. -- Associated Press
Defense attorney Ed Bryan said Mullet is facing the same sentence as those given to several notorious killers including Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph, and Jared Lee Loughner, who's serving seven consecutive life terms gunning down six people and injuring former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
"Non-drug federal life sentences are thus typically reserved for the most heinous of crimes involving murder," Bryan wrote.
Mullet was one of 16 people convicted in the hair-cuttings who came from the Amish settlement that he founded in the eastern Ohio town of Bergholz near the West Virginia panhandle
All are scheduled to be sentenced next week.