Sixty-seven-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. was sentenced Friday in Cleveland federal court. Judge Dan Aaron Polster also was to sentence 15 of Mullet’s extended family members.
The 10 men and six women were convicted last year in five attacks in Amish communities in 2011.
Prosecutors say the attacks were retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced Mullet’s authoritarian style. They sought a life term.
Mullet’s lawyer calls it an internal matter that didn’t rise to a hate crime. The attorney had asked for a sentence of two years or less.