CINCINNATI, Ohio— A federal appeals court in Ohio has rejected a bid to overturn new sentences and remaining charges against members of a breakaway Amish group.
Fifteen of 16 defendants charged in 2011 in hair- and beard-chopping attacks appealed again after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out hate crime convictions. A lower court then reduced sentences for the eight still facing prison time, principally for conspiracy to obstruct justice. Leader Samuel Mullet Sr.'s 15-year sentence was cut by nearly four years.
Judge Jeffrey Sutton called Wednesday's ruling "a sequel." Sutton wrote that defendants were raising issues they could have brought up earlier and that their new sentences were "substantively reasonable."
A message was left Wednesday for a defense attorney.
Hair and beards have spiritual significance in the Amish faith.
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