Update: Man Pleads Guilty In Flag-Cutting Case
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The man arrested Monday for allegedly cutting American flags at several local businesses has pleaded guilty.
Our news partners The Huntsville Times/al.com report Minh Van Pham appeared before a municipal judge Wednesday morning. Judge Sybil Cleveland sentenced Pham to 60 days in jail, but suspended it in lieu of probation for 18 months.
The judge ordered an assessment by the Madison County Health Center to see if Pham has a treatable mental illness.
Pham must also pay a $200 fine and $100 restitution.
Police arrested Pham on Monday morning after an employee at Holiday Inn Express on University Drive called to report Pham cutting down the U.S. flag flying outside the hotel.
Pham was also tied to flag-cutting incidents at a nearby Burger King and on Cavalry Hill, a monument to the Buffalo Soldiers located in front of the Academy for Arts and Academics on Poplar Avenue.