Man arrested for leaving flowers on fiancé’s grave found guilty


We have new details on a case we’ve been following for weeks. An Auburn man gained national attention after being arrested for leaving flowers on his fiancée’s grave.

The arrest warrant for Winston Hagans had a charge for littering after he left a flower box on his fiancée’s grave. Earlier today, the judge heard both sides on if a flower box should be considered litter or not. In court during Thursday’s bench trial, Judge Jim McLaughlin found Hagans guilty of criminal littering after leaving flowers on his fiancée’s grave with a $50 charge for littering and a court fine of $250.

The defense plans to appeal the decision. However, the city prosecutor said there would be no jail time if Hagans agreed not to place any more boxes on the grave.

Winston, also known as Winchester Hagans, lost his fiancé, Hannah Ford, in a car crash in January 2021. She died one month after Hagans proposed. Hagans says Hannah did not like cutting flowers from a florist. She preferred living flowers.

Hagans hand-made a flower box with real flowers and pictures of them together to be left on her grave at Auburn’s Memorial Park Cemetery.

That didn’t go over well with Hannah’s father, Dr. Tom Ford, who signed a warrant against Hagans and ultimately got him arrested for littering.