Amish Man Fined for Trespassing

An Amish man has been ordered to pay a $300 fine for trespassing on the farm of his brother-in-law earlier this year.

46-year-old Atlee Gingerich was found guilty of two counts of criminal trespass during a non-jury trial.

The trespassing incident was part of a bigger battle between Gingerich and some of his family members, and others in the Brown Hill Amish enclave near Cambridge Springs.

The battle was over the shunning of Gingerich's brother Edward Gingerich, who was convicted in 1994 of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his wife.

After being released from prison, Edward Gingerich his unlawfully took his daughter from her grandparents' home. They were found 4 days later in Kushequa. Gingerich was subsequently shunned by the community. Atlee Gingerich and other relatives say they were shunned when they tried to convince the community elders to welcome Edward Gingerich back.

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