A person accused of setting fireplace to a hay bale show in assist of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden has been held with out bail attributable to his “hostility towards the general public at massive.”
Lonnie Durfee, 49, is alleged to have burned the hay bale show reverse the Vacation Brook Farm in Dalton, Massachusetts on October 10. The plastic-wrapped bales had been painted on and organized to learn: “USA Vote Biden Harris 2020.”
In keeping with 7 Information Boston, Durfee was arraigned at Central Berkshire District Court docket on a cost of burning private property. He was ordered held with out bail after prosecutors argued that he posed a risk to the area people.
“Mr. Durfee’s document reveals that he has engaged in a sample of home violence, together with strangulation, a robust indicator of potential lethality,” District Legal professional Andrea Harrington mentioned. Mr. Durfee’s current arson allegations are notably regarding in gentle of his violent historical past as a result of he’s escalating his hostility towards the general public at massive.”
The Berkshire District Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned: “Our primary job is to guard the general public. This ruling retains a harmful individual from doubtlessly inflicting further hurt to members of our group,” Fox Information eight reported.
Studies advised that Durfee had additionally been accused of burning his neighbor’s entrance garden signal endorsing the Democratic presidential ticket.
Dicken Crane, the farm’s proprietor, informed The Berkshire Eagle that the price of the fireplace was some $2,000. Crane spoke with Durfee by telephone whereas the latter was in custody having turned himself in after the incident.
“He began to inform me about how he was getting sober, however had misplaced his son and wasn’t capable of pull himself again from the loss and grief that got here from that,” Crane informed the Eagle.
Durfee’s son—Jacob, 23—died in a bike accident in August.
“He was past apologetic. He was remorseful. He mentioned: ‘I actually do not know why I did it and I need to pay you again,'” Crane defined.
“If it weren’t for the entire media storm of this and the political local weather…it would not have been that massive a deal,” Crane mentioned.
Crane has since rebuilt the show with a brand new message: “Love, Unity, Respect,” adorned with a painted American flag, globe, and the phrase “Vote.”
Crane mentioned he first assumed that the fireplace was an indication of the polarized American panorama. “Once I noticed it ablaze, my thoughts went instantly to this being home terrorism, that is what it felt like,” he informed the Eagle.
However his dialog with Durfee modified his view. “Oh, this isn’t what I used to be considering,” he mentioned. “This was not the individual I had in my thoughts.”