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Posted on Fri. Aug. 09, 2013 - 12:01 am EDT


‘Amish Mafia’ star sentenced to prison

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A Pennsylvania man who stars in the Discovery Channel show “Amish Mafia” has been sentenced to three to 23 months in prison for leading police on a chase that injured a state trooper last summer.

Thirty-five-year-old Alan Beiler received the sentence Thursday in Perry County Court.

Police say the Lancaster County resident led them on a chase after they tried to stop him for an expired car registration. They say he drove against traffic and caused a pursuing state trooper to crash and suffer a concussion.

Beiler pleaded guilty in May to charges of attempting to elude police, drug possession and driving with a suspended license.

The show provides a look at the men who protect an Amish community.

‘Her’ to close fest

Spike Jonze’s futuristic romance “Her” will close the New York Film Festival.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the gala selection Thursday for its 51st festival. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man who, in the near future, becomes intrigued with a new computer operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

Warner Bros. will release the movie from the “Being John Malkovich” director on Nov. 20.

The festival runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 13.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Comedian-director David Steinberg is 71. Actor Sam Elliott is 69. Singer Barbara Mason is 66. Actress Melanie Griffith is 56. Actress Amanda Bearse is 55. Rapper Kurtis Blow is 54. “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb is 49. Actor Pat Petersen is 47. Actress Gillian Anderson is 45. Actor Eric Bana is 45. Actress Anna Kendrick is 28.

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