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Mirkarimi takes plea deal to halt domestic violence trial*

Monday, March 12, 2012

image[Update 10:38 a.m.] Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to false imprisonment of his wife, Eliana Lopez, and the DA’s office dropped domestic violence and two other misdemeanor charges against him. He gets three years probation, a year of anger management counseling, parenting classes and fines of nearly $600, the Chronicle says. From Rachel Gordon’s piece that moved on SFGate at 10:13 a.m.:

In a brief appearance in Superior Court before Judge James Collins, Mirkarimi apologized to his family, the Sheriff's Department and the people of San Francisco. He also apologized to Ivory Madison, a neighbor who made a videotape of his bruised wife, Eliana Lopez, and alerted police to the incident.

Asked afterward if justice had been served, prosecutor Elizabeth Aguilar Tarchi said, "Yes."

Add: Trey Bundy’s account of the morning’s events at The Bay Citizen.

[Earlier] Multiple news outlets are saying Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has reached a deal with DA George Gascon’s office to end the circus surrounding the domestic violence case involving his wife, Eliana Lopez, by offering a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment.

Add: If it happens, the Examiner says the sheriff will likely have to serve three years probation, 100 hours of community service, undergo a year’s worth of domestic violence counseling and make an open apology in court. Examiner; KTVU 2

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