The operative word there is "sought." The prosecution is aiming high so the judge won't let him off with a slap on the wrist. I very highly doubt he'll get life.
From what I remember, this guy is the Amish equivalent of a mob boss. The beard cuttings were part of a larger campaign of intimidation.
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