Defense Plans to Appeal Amish Attacks Verdict

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CLEVELAND — A federal jury has found Amish breakaway leader, Sam Mullet Sr., guilty of conspiracy, kidnapping and other charges.

Fox 8 News Melissa Reid reports that Sam Mullet Sr., has been found guilty of orchestrating the five attacks where nine victims had their hair cut or clipped.

In all 16 defendants were tried on Federal charges related to the attacks. According to Reid the verdicts reached on the charges are as followed:

COUNT 1 – CONSPIRACY
Defendants agreed to disfigure the victims by forcibly removing their beard and head hair because of religious disputes
All 16 Charged – all 16 found guilty

COUNT 2 – HATE CRIME
Sept 6th attack on Mary & Barbara Miller
Sam Mullet, Sr., – found guilty including a kidnapping charge

COUNT 3 – HATE CRIME
Sam Mullet Sr., – found not guilty

COUNT 4 – HATE CRIME
Oct 4th attack on Raymond and Andy Hershberger
Sam Mullet Sr.,- found guilty, included a kidnapping charge

COUNT 5 – HATE CRIME
October 4th attack on Bishop Byron Miller
Sam Mullet – found guilty, including a kidnapping charge

COUNT 6 – HATE CRIME
Nov 9th attack on Melvin Shrock and Anna Shrock
Sam Mullet, Sr., – found guilty, included kidnapping

COUNT 7 – DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE
Destruction of hair and bonnet from Marty and Barbara Miller attack
Sam Mullet, Sr. – found not guilty

COUNT 8 – DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE
Concealing of disposable camera
Sam Mullet Sr., – found guilty

COUNT 9 – DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE
Concealing horse shears
Lester Mullet – found not guilty

COUNT 10 – MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS
November 22, 2011 gave a false statement to the FBI
Sam Mullet, Sr. – found guilty

According to Federal sentencing guidelines Mullet Sr., faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life. His sentencing has been set for Thursday January 24th, at 9:00 a.m.

The 12-member jury deliberated for parts of five days on the charges.

Defense attorneys said they plan to appeal this verdict as quickly as they possibly can but wouldn’t discuss on what grounds or any specifics because their clients still face sentencing. 

They do believe the long sentences their clients could receive doesn’t fit the crime.  They also said this case has shattered the Amish community.

Jurors who spoke with Fox 8 I-Team Reporter Peggy Sinkovich said they understand the defense will appeal the conviction, but they want them to know that they didn’t take this case lightly. 

They said both the prosecution and defense did a good job, but at the end of the day they felt the prosecution proved their case. 

They also said reaching the verdict was extremely difficult.

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