Adolfo Martinez Biography – Wiki
Adolfo Martinez is identified as an Iowa man who set fire to a church LGBTQ flag in June and was sentenced Wednesday to over 15 years in prison.
Iowa man who burned LGBTQ flag sentenced to 16 years https://t.co/gWi1cxEjWJ
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) December 19, 2019
He is 30 years old.
Adolfo Martinez Tore Down and Burned an LGBTQ Flag at an Iowa Church
A man has been imprisoned for setting an LGBTQ flag on fire that was flying at a church in central Iowa.
Police report that he stole the flag that hung at Ames United Church of Christ at 217 6th St. It was found burning on June 11 outside Dangerous Curves Gentleman’s Club, 111 5th St, Des Moines Register reported.
Police said Adolfo Martinez was found guilty of a hate crime after he stole a pride banner and burned it. https://t.co/ZYgiTOBf3m
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) December 20, 2019
Martinez told police he had ripped the flag down and had set it ablaze with lighter fluid because he is against homosexuality.
Adolfo Martinez in Custody
Adolfo Martinez, of Ames, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years for the hate crime of arson. He was also given a year for reckless use of explosives or fire and 30 days for harassment. The sentences are to be served consecutively, Story County court records stated.
He was found guilty of a hate crime, which is a class D felony, third-degree harassment, and reckless use of fire last month.
Martinzez gave an incoherent interview to KCCI Des Moines in November in which he claimed he was guilty of the charges.
Black people have their Civil Rights violated daily and no one is punished. But those same civil rights laws that FBA fought for, are now used to protect FLAGS from other groups
Iowa man who burned LGBTQ flag sentenced to 16 years – https://t.co/RXafNx1Mqj – @washtimes
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) December 20, 2019
He declined to give his side of the story and said: “It is my honor to do so, and it is an honor to that. It is a blessing from the Lord, plain and simple”.
He admitted to a reporter that the incident was about homosexuality and claimed he had no regrets.