Amish Mafia star jailed

Last updated 08:01 24/02/2014

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A star of the TV series Amish Mafia has been sentenced to prison after repeatedly driving with a suspended licence.

A central Pennsylvania judge ordered 29-year-old John Schmucker to serve three months behind bars.

Schmucker's most recent citation was issued on December 8. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports it was his 10th such offence over the past several years.

Defence lawyer Steven Breit says he'll appeal and ask for house arrest. Breit says "driving without a licence is not the crime of the century. It's being treated that way."

The third season of "Amish Mafia," which is based in Lancaster County, begins Tuesday on the Discovery Channel in the US. It's not clear how Schmucker's case will affect future filming.

Another member of the cast pleaded guilty last summer to charges of eluding police and driving with a suspended licence.

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