Lancaster Co. Judge scolds Amish Mafia star Esther and her boyfriend for breaking court order

Esther Schmucker, left, and Imir Williams

A Lancaster County judge scolded a star of “Amish Mafia” and her boyfriend Friday for making a mockery of the local court system.

Judge Dennis Reinaker jailed Imir Williams for an additional 3 months for breaking parole by repeatedly contacting Esther Schmucker, the female lead on Discovery Channel's hit series.

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Williams is on parole for viciously beating Schmucker on Halloween in Strasburg.

Reinaker told Williams and Schmucker, seated in the gallery, that neither are taking the court order seriously.

“Courtroom Eight is not a set for the Discovery Channel,” Reinaker said. “I am not interested in your ratings.

“You two have been nothing but a nuisance to law-enforcement.”

Schmucker immediately contacted Williams when he was originally paroled in December, knowing Williams was under a no-contact order, Reinaker said.

“I’m telling you, Ms. Schmucker, if I could put you and Mr. Williams in Lancaster County Prison, I’d do it,” Reinaker said in court. “You were the one who criticized the DA (Craig Stedman) for not” charging Williams with a more serious crime for the Halloween beating.

Schmucker nodded her head when asked if she understood the no-contact order, but said nothing.

At the hearing, William's parole officer said Williams immediately contacted her after a newspaper article appeared about the couple having contact at Schmucker's Manheim Township home.

Williams also tested positive for marijuana three times after being paroled in December, the officer testified.

Williams told Reinaker he wasn't blatantly trying to break parole, but the judge stopped him.

“That’s pretty much exactly what you did,” Reinaker said, raising his voice. “You had contact and you kept having contact.”

Reinaker said he “bent over backwards” for Williams by paroling him in time for Christmas.

“I stuck my neck out for you,” Reinaker said, while asking for “the truth.”

“Let’s start over.”

Williams said he didn’t mean to disrespect the court.

“It’s tough; I’ve never been in this situation. At 25, I have no control over what happens in my life anymore,” he said. “I love her to death, but there are circumstances right now... I don’t know, man. I don’t know what else to say.”

After Reinaker sentenced Williams to three more months in prison — with a possibility of work release —he reminded both they are to have no contact.

“Don’t send letters, don’t call him,” Reinaker told Schmucker.

Williams then asked: “So, I’m going back to jail?”

Reinaker told him he could be in the work-release unit if he finds a job.




Brett Hambright is a Lancaster Newspapers staff writer who covers crime and the Lancaster County court system. He can be reached at bhambright@lnpnews.com or (717) 481-6026. You can also follow @BrettHambright on Twitter.