Omaha, Neb. (AP) – An Omaha man accused of stealing a gay pride rainbow flag and burning it has been found guilty.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that 24-year-old Cameron Mayfield was found guilty of arson. Prosecutors said that the charge was prosecuted as a felony, not a misdemeanor, because the incident was investigated as a hate crime.
Mayfield was accused of taking the flag from the porch of a lesbian couple who lived near him, setting it on fire and waving it in the middle of the street in March 2015.
James Martin Davis, who is Mayfield’s attorney, argued the act was a drunken prank and not a hate crime. Mayfield had testified that he thought the flag was a spring ornament, not a gay pride flag, and that he had no idea that the his neighbors were gay.
Mayfield faces up to two years in prison.