Charge Reduced For Camp Lejeune Marine Accused Of Burning Flag

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The charge has been reduced for a Camp Lejeune marine accused of setting a retired marine's American flag on fire.

Jacksonville Police say Vernon Johns was charged with 1st Degree Arson after Robert Grafton's front porch flag was destroyed November 21st, but Friday the district attorney said the charge will be reduced to Injury of Real Property because the home wasn't damaged nor did Johns have malicious intent.

The marine corps says its disciplinary action, if any, will come after the case goes through the civilian court system.

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