Leader of Amish beard-cutting attacks will get to go home

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Members of an Amish community in Bergholz, Ohio leave federal court in Cleveland after a hearing Monday, March 2, 2015. Sentences were reduced Monday for Sam Mullett, the leader of a breakaway group, and seven of his imprisoned followers who chopped off the hair and beards of Amish people with whom they disagreed. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio who was sentenced to prison for beard- and hair-cutting attacks will serve the rest of his sentence at home because of the coronavirus.

Seventy-four-year-old Sam Mullet Sr. was moved to a halfway house on March 4 and was scheduled to be released in January. But his attorney argued in a filing last week that he should get to go home because his age and underlying health conditions increases his risk of getting sick.

The Bureau of Prisons said in a ruling Monday that Mullet will be released as part of the Elderly Offender Home Confinement program.

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