Convicted Ohio Amish leader loses bid for release

CINCINNATI (AP) — The leader of 16 Amish men and women found guilty of hate crimes for cutting the hair and beards of fellow members of their faith has lost another request to be released from prison.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday rejected a request from Samuel Mullet Sr. to be released as he awaits his appeal.

The judges found that Mullet hasn't proven he's not a threat to his Amish community in eastern Ohio and that his appeal is unlikely to succeed.

Mullet is serving 15 years in prison stemming from the 2011 attacks, meant to shame fellow Amish accused of straying from strict religious interpretations.

Fifteen others convicted in the case were sentenced to one to seven years in prison.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.