I was fined and jailed for putting flowers on my fiancee’s grave – it’s an absolute disgrace

A MAN has been fined and jailed for laying flowers on his fiancee’s grave.

Winston “Winchester” Hagans was convicted of littering on June 9 after repeatedly leaving planters at Hannah Ford’s gravesite in Auburn, Alabama.

Winston'Winchester' Hagan's fiancee Hannah Ford died in a car accident in January 2021

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Winston ‘Winchester’ Hagan’s fiancee Hannah Ford died in a car accident in January 2021Photo credit: Newsflash
He was convicted of littering after placing planters at her grave

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He was convicted of littering after placing planters at her gravePhoto credit: Newsflash

Ford died in a car accident in January 2021 — just a month after she and Hagans got engaged.

Hagans placed planters at her grave – something her father, the Reverend Tom Ford, reportedly disapproved of.

Ford also claimed his daughter didn’t tell him about the engagement, reports The Opelika-Auburn News.

He testified in court that 10 boxes had been placed on the grave since May 2021.

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He said he either threw away the planters or returned them to Hagans.

Ford told the court: “When I saw the first box where it was, I picked it up and it fell apart.

“It was a rotten piece of wood with some pictures on it, so I threw it away.”

Ford said he removed a box from the burial site in June of this year.

When he found a fourth planter, he claimed he told a friend to give it back to Hagans.

He told the court he instructed his pal to warn Hagans to stop putting planters on the site.

Ford then discovered a fifth box and claimed Hagans placed it back on the grave.

He then filed a criminal complaint in January 2022 after finding boxes seven, eight, and nine.

Ford claimed in court that a tenth box was placed near the gravestone between the time the complaint was filed and the time the police arrested him.

City prosecutor Justin Clark said the legislation means placing items such as boxes on top of a headstone in a cemetery is prohibited.

Hagans’ defense team argued that the boxes were not trash.

“JUDGMENT OF LAW AND FACTS”

However, Judge Jim McLaughlin said the boxes were a “clear case of a violation of this instrument and a violation of the littering statute.”

He said: “The box does not naturally occur in nature.

“It’s a foreign body. Whether it’s pretty or not doesn’t matter for this dish.”

McLaughlin said he had to “decide on the law and the facts,” not “what’s nice or what’s moral.”

Hagans was found guilty of criminal littering.

He received a 30-day suspended sentence on condition that he stop laying flowers at the grave.

He was also fined $50 and $251 in court costs.

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Defense attorney Jeff Tickal plans to appeal in writing within 14 days.

If the appeal is upheld, the case will go to Lee County Circuit Court for a new trial.

Hannah's father reportedly didn't approve of her and Hagan's engagement

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Hannah’s father reportedly didn’t approve of her and Hagan’s engagementCredit: Facebook

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