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Ames man sentenced to 16 years in prison for burning church LGBTQ flag

Adolfo Martinez

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) -- An Ames man has been imprisoned for burning at LGBTQ flag flying at a church in June.

Court records say 30-year-old Adolfo Martinez was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years for the hate crime of arson and given a year for reckless use of explosives or fire and 30 days for harassment.

The sentences are to be served consecutively.

He's said he tore down the flag that had been hanging from the United Church of Christ and burned it because he opposes homosexuality.

Associated Press

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