Edward Lee West
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A North Carolina man who covered his home with Confederate flags after the Charleston, S.C., church massacre was arrested on a parole violation and put behind bars this week, according to the Daily Mail.

The man, Edward Lee West, 69, of Rocky Mount, N.C., was taken to Nash County jail on Wednesday on a probation-violation charge ahead of an Aug. 5 court appearance, the report says.

West, who has faced weapon-related charges in the past, is serving two years of probation for a misdemeanor conviction for an assault involving a gun, the Mail reports. A judge issued an arrest warrant last week when he failed to show up at a court hearing for the probation-violation charge, the report says, citing court records

It is unknown just how West violated probation, but if he is found guilty he could face prison time or a longer term of supervision, notes the report.


West, who has lived in Rocky Mount, a predominantly African-American city, for 37 years, made headlines last month when he increased the number of Confederate flags outside his home after the killings of nine African Americans at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has collected more than 150 Confederate flags.

Read more at the Daily Mail.