A breakaway group of 16 Amish men and women have been convicted of federal hate crimes in five home-intrusion attacks on other Amish who, the group believed, had "strayed" from Amish beliefs.
The religious attacks in rural eastern Ohio were considered a hate crime because the assaults were intended to shame the victims by cutting off their hair and beards -- hair "carries spiritual significance" to the Amish, said federal prosecutors.
Sixteen members of the breakaway group, which includes six couples who have a total of "about 50" children, face up to 10 years in prison. Their group's spiritual leader, who didn't actually participate in the attacks, was also convicted because, prosecutors showed, he planned and encouraged the attacks.
His name: Samuel Mullet Sr., 66.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.
The rest of us are a bit crap.