Iowa Man Sentenced to 16 Years for Tearing Down, Burning Rainbow Flag

Iowa Man Sentenced to 16 Years for Tearing Down, Burning Rainbow Flag

A man was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in prison after he set fire to a church LGBTQ flag in June. Adolfo Martinez, 30, of Ames, was found guilty of a hate crime — a class ’D’ felony — third-degree harassment and reckless use of fire. Police said he stole a pride banner hanging at Ames United Church of Christ and burned it early June 11 outside Dangerous Curves Gentleman’s Club.

Randy Souse-Git
Randy Souse-Git
EvilDips 4 months

when you live in a reality that gives you 16 years for burning a Pride flag but nothing is done when you burn an American flag the double standard is strong now a days and so blatant. 🤡🌎

Dust Phoxner
Dust Phoxner 4 months

If someone tore down and burned a Nazi flag would they get 15years in Prison? Also 15years sounds pretty harsh for burning a stupid flag.

Randy Souse-Git
Randy Souse-Git 4 months

Theft and destruction... OK. Burning flags is protected speech, is it not?

porcus 4 months

This sentence is excessive and he should appeal. It's a piece of cloth, as the Left has told us many many times. A piece of cloth is not worth 15 years of a person's time.

Edmond_Dantes 4 months

Everybody should burn faggot-flags, they're tacky and promote pedophilia.

Paul C
Paul C 4 months

Back in the day the ACLU would be defending this guy. Now, they are probably the ones bringing suit against him.

Jester 4 months

People who burn flags shouldn’t be put in prison. It’s a constitutional right that protects them if I’m not mistaken.

Sullivas 3 months

The only thing he did wrong was steal a flag, and destroy it. Misdemeanor. Hate crime designations are anti-free speech, and are cruel and unusual punishments and thus a violation of the Eight Amendment. Hate crimes are ridiculous, the intent doesn't matter the crime does. Is a muslim shoplifting from a jewish store committing a hate crime because he was told by his local imam "jews are the worst enemies of islam?" No, he isn't, he is shoplifting.

Ekitchi Hoshi
Ekitchi Hoshi 3 months

people get less for rape or murder...let that sink in....

Avi Khait
Avi Khait 3 months

All flags are equal, but some are more so.

Maesterfully 3 months

How many American flags get burned without any repercussions? This is ridiculous, some murderers and mass rapists get way lighter sentences than this

B. K.
B. K. 3 months

My my the Wrong-Right sure must be affected by global warming. They are all melting in here. That or they are just angry little snowflakes. The right can throw a mother in jail for a miscarriage for 20 years, and think it's ok or deny even doing it. Oops over 400 cases of that. And one little itty bitty flag burner for 15 years who confessed to it all and the threats which was the reason for the 15 years... the class 'D' felony. #happyimpeachmas

Roamer MGTOW
Roamer MGTOW 3 months

the double standards keep on getting exposed. seriously though, this guy needs to be acquitted.

Carisa D
Carisa D 4 months

Well that sounds like a good use of our resources. 🙄

Rocky 3 months

I see theft here and a man exercising his first amendment. Just because you don't agree with someone's opinions doesn't mean they belong in jail. He is entitled to disagree with that flag and what it represents. He has a right to speak out about it and Burma flag if he chooses to without threat of government action. "Hate crime" laws are being abused here. If someone else is not physically attacked then hate crime laws should not be applied.

tenoclock 3 months

This needs to go to the Supreme Court, clearly a judge has a stick up their ass about this case. He should get a charge for theft and damage to someone's property but 15 years? Fuck off. Clear violation of the first.

WWG1WGA 3 months

But anti AMERICAN scum can burn our flag WTF HONK HONK 🤡🌎

Fin 3 months

His deed reminds me of why thugs could abduct torture n murder Matthew Sheppard.... The brazen to steal it off a church n then burn it... If he wanted he could have simply obtained one legally the burned it in full lawful protest thus expressing his first amendment freedom.. But no he thug stole it inflicting fear n promoting his hate speech..that his lawyer failed to get him off well that's not the courts fault its his fault for his actions and the court has passed judgement

TheMadDane 3 months

16 years!? Holy shit!

Seekster 3 months

People are allowed to burn American flags but not Rainbow Flags? The only thing this guy did wrong in this situation was that he stole and destroyed other people's property which yes does warrant some kind if punishment. The amount of punishment he is getting seems excessive but the article did say something about him having past offenses.

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