Trump balloon slasher to go to diversion program, pay restitution: ‘I have to be a good boy’

This is a follow-up to A day in Tuscaloosa, AL: Trump, football, and a shanked Baby Trump balloon from last November. NewsViews

Hoyt Hutchinson will have to pay $3,500 to the owners of the balloon, People’s Motorcade, that he admits slashing during a Trump appearance to the Alabama/LSU game in November 2019. He’ll also have to pay court costs and costs to the Second Chance Program .

Hoyt Hutchinson, 32, will be in the Second Chance Program for three months. If he completes the program, the incident will be removed from his record. If he fails to complete the program – which includes counseling and community service – he faces up to three months in jail. He was charged with felony first degree criminal mischief.

Hutchinson says he has to stay clean, no booze or drugs. He says he doesn’t have a problem with drugs or alcohol, just balloons.

Hutchinson said efforts to stop him from receiving almost $48,000 raised through a GoFundMe to cover his legal expenses “failed.”
“They failed just like they’re going to do in 2020,” he said in reference to the upcoming presidential election.

The balloon owners had tried to prevent him from the GoFundMe money citing the sites rule against raising money for legal defense for hate crimes.

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