The sect of the Amish church, formerly controlled by the beard-cutting Sam Mullet, has been called a “cult” by at least one of its members. In a report dated Feb. 7 by KLTV, one of the members still fears for her life and the lives of their children.
Fourteen letters were sent to the judge sentencing the Amish men, asking for a harsh sentence. They were sent by members of the Amish community who were terrorized by Sam Mullet. One woman wrote that she doesn't feel she and her children are safe, seeing Sam Mullet's children are still there. She goes as far as to call the Amish church a “cult.” Another letter was sent that explained how things had improved since Sam Mullet was arrested and removed from the Amish community.
Sam Mullet was the absolute ruler of the Amish community in Bergholz. There he raided homes of the Amish, cutting their beards and hair to shame them. He has since been found guilty of hate crimes. Sam Mullet and several others will be sentenced Feb. 8 for their crimes.
Prosecutors are wanting life in prison for Sam Mullet. Federal sentence guidelines only call for 10 to 13 years in prison. Although it would be very unusual, the judge could sentence Sam Mullet to life in prison.