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      Beard cutting Amish leader convicted in Ohio

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

      A federaljury convicted Sam Mullet and 15 of his followers on kidnapping and conspiracycharges, as well as hate crimes.

      It allstarted 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 theAmish.

      Theprosecution in the case is pushing for Mullet to be sentenced to life behindbars.

      His followers are facing several years in prison.

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