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HATE CRIME: Man Gets Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison For Destroying LGBT Rainbow Flag

Adolfo Martinez, 30, of Ames, Iowa was found guilty last month of a hate crime — a class “D” felony after he stole a rainbow pride flag hanging at Ames United Church of Christ and set it on fire using lighter fluid about two blocks away outside the Dangerous Curves Gentleman’s Club, the Des Moines Register reported.

Martinez told police he had ripped the flag down and had set it ablaze with lighter fluid because he is against homosexuality. 

‘It is my honor, it is written, it is a judgement and it is written to execute vengeance on the heathen and punishments upon the people. It is my honor to do so, and it is an honor to that. It is a blessing from the Lord, plain and simple. It was an honor to do that, it’s a blessing from the Lord to be able to stand for his word firmly against all odds plain and simple “ Martinez said in November.

Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said hate crime charges were added because Martinez is suspected of criminal mischief against someone’s property because of “what it represents as far as sexual orientation.”

Martinez was sentenced to 15 years for the hate crime charge, one year for reckless use of fire and 30 days for harassment, all of which will be served consecutively.

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