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Columbia Falls man found guilty for removing Ten Commandments monument

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Posted at 6:56 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 20:58:32-05

KALISPELL — Anthony Weimer, the Columbia Falls man who was charged with removing the Ten Commandments monument outside of the Flathead County Courthouse in June, has been found guilty of felony criminal mischief.

Flathead District Court Judge Amy Eddy presided over the non-jury trial case on Monday and found Weimer guilty. The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation report and set sentencing for January 21.

Kalispell Police Chief Doug Overman says Weimer wrapped chains around the monument, used his pickup truck to pull it out of the ground, and then dragged it into the middle of the street.

Weimer was arrested in Kalispell shortly after the incident occurred on June 27. Weimer has no affiliation with any protest or demonstration groups in Flathead County, according to Chief Overman.

Weimer was released on his own recognizance, subject to previously imposed conditions.

The charge carries a maximum term in the Montana State Prison of 10 years and a maximum fine of $50,000.