From a story just published:

Some Amish are asking for a life sentence for the man convicted of beard cutting attacks.

The U.S. Attorney in Cleveland has received 14 letters from Amish in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, in which a “long” or “life” sentence for renegade Amish bishop Sam Mullet, Sr., is requested.

Fourteen letters is more than just one or two isolated people writing.  No telling if these letters were coordinated, or written independently.  But it gives a sense of the level of fear of Mullet among Amish.

“We would be very uncomfortable if Mr. Mullet would become loose,” wrote one Amish petitioner. “He is an evil, dangerous person. Also a cult leader,” wrote another.

A number of the letters thanked authorities for prosecuting and convicting Mullet and the others, and expressed fear if he should ever be set free.  “If Sam Mullet gets released the dear children in Bergholz have no choice but to live in his cult,” one Amish resident wrote.

Sentencing for Mullet and 14 others is scheduled for this Friday, February 8th.