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A Three Forks man paid a fine for ripping Trump flags from the porch of a home and burning them.

Eric Herrera, 52, paid $585 for criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, in connection to the incident.

Herrera appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court before Judge Bryan Adams, who set the bond at $585, on Aug. 21. Herrera paid that amount and was released.

Defendants in justice court have the option of seeing a judge within 10 days of paying the bond to contest the citation. If they don’t, as in this case, the defendant forfeits the posted bond as a fine.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Herrera knew the family. He said the incident was not a random act.

On Aug. 10 at about 11 p.m., Herrera went into the family’s yard in Three Forks and pulled the Trump flags from a family’s front porch. Gootkin said Herrera took the flags about 30 feet from the house and used a lighter to set them on fire.

Gootkin said the family called the sheriff’s office and gave officers Herrera’s name. Deputies issued him the criminal mischief citation on Aug. 12.

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