Iowa man gets 15 years for burning LGBT flag hanging from church 12/22/2019 11:09 am PST Comments WGN via WGN: AMES, Iowa (WGN) -- A man has been sentenced to 15 years after burning an LGBT flag hanging from a church in Iowa. Adolfo Martinez was found guilty on Wednesday after tearing down and burning the flag, which was flying at the Ames United Church of Christ in June. Martinez said he removed the flag because he didn't believe the church should support the LGBT community since it is a house of worship, the police report read. “It was an honor to do that,” Martinez told CNN affiliate KCCI. “It's a blessing from the Lord to be able to stand for his world firmly, against all odds.” The 30-year-old faces 15 years in prison after being found guilty of a hate crime, third-degree harassment and being a habitual offender, KCCI reported. Martinez said he was guilty and had no intention of fighting the charges as he “knowingly, intentionally and willingly” burned the flag. MORE: Iowa man sentenced to 15 years after burning LGBT flag hanging from church - WGN #DesMoines #Harassment #HateCrime #Iowa #WGN Related Stories Police: Woman intentionally hit teen with car because victim is Hispanic Transgender woman sexually assaulted at iconic LGBT bar Teen gets 8 years for hate crime assault of black special needs student LGBT, transgender flags vandalized at Chicago church Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.