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Man convicted of pulling down Montana religious monument

Man convicted of pulling down Montana religious monument


KALISPELL — A Montana man was convicted of using a chain and a pickup truck to topple a monument commemorating the Ten Commandments.

Anthony Craig Weimer, 30, was found guilty of felony criminal mischief in Flathead County District Court Monday, The Flathead Beacon reports.

Judge Amy Eddy convicted Weimer in a ruling from the bench and scheduled his sentencing for Jan. 21.

Weimer admitted to chaining the granite monument to his truck and pulling it into Main Street in Kalispell June 27.

Weimer dragged the monument several feet before leaving it in the street in front of the Flathead County Justice Center in the northwest Montana city.

The judge dismissed a claim by Weimer's attorney that the monument represented a public nuisance and he had legal standing to remove it.

Even if the monument was found to be a public nuisance, Weimer's action was unjustified because there was no emergency requiring its immediate removal, Eddy's ruling said.

Flathead County received $14,475 from a trust company to cover the cost of repairs to the monument.

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