Amish Mafia star John Schmucker was sentenced to 3 months in jail and has to pay a $1000 fine because of his tenth offense of driving with a suspended license. It was less than a year ago when the young man appeared before a judge for a hit and run incident, as seen in the video above. It certainly sounds like Mr. Schmucker believes he is above the law.
Amish Mafia airs on the Discovery Channel. A new episode is set to premiere on February 25th. The show follows a small group of Amish men in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who purportedly protect the tight knit Amish community--from the Englishers--as those outside of the Amish fold are called--as well as from some of those within their own community.
The show has been both scrutinized as well as criticized by those who study the Amish faith.
"To call these shows documentaries is a fraudulent lie," and "[the show] is just sort of an example of the foolishness and stupidity and lies—misrepresentations I should say—that are promoted [about the Amish] in television.... These production crews should be ashamed of trying to say that represents Amish life," Donald Kraybill, a professor from Elizabethtown College and prominent researcher of the Anabaptist (the religion the Amish people believe) lifestyle says.
Regardless of the validity of what viewers see on Amish Mafia, it seems a Lancaster County judge has found certain validity in John Schmucker's driving offenses. He's likely sick and tired of seeing the young man in his court room and has decided to put him behind bars--probably in hopes he might learn from his transgressions as well as his punishment.
Fans of Amish Mafia are no doubt awaiting word on John's fate, as well as the premiere of the new season of the show.
— Amish Mafia (@AmishMafia) February 13, 2014
John Schmucker isn't due to report to jail until March 31st, and his attorney Steven Breit plans to appeal the conviction and ask for house arrest for his client instead.
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