Mirkarimi Sentenced for Misdemeanor False Imprisonment

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 19, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
Omid Talai, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-9272

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced that Ross Mirkarimi was sentenced today for a domestic violence incident that occurred on December 31, 2011 involving his wife and in the presence of their child.

At a press conference, District Attorney George Gascón said it was his duty to the City and County of San Francisco to uphold the law, regardless of who violates it and while the outcome of this case may have disappointed the ideologues on both sides, that many more San Franciscans, including domestic violence advocates and experts, have expressed their strong support for the District Attorney’s office and the handling of this case.

“It is my sincere hope that with this plea there will be more peace between Ross and Ms. L and that they can move forward on a healthier path,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “My primary concern has always been the safety of Ms. L and her son. I am certain that, if he embraces his responsibility, the batterer’s counseling we have mandated for Mr. Mirkarimi will help him.”

The District Attorney, who was steadfast in requiring Mirkarimi to issue a public apology to Ivory Madison, publicly acknowledged Mirkarimi’s neighbors Ivory Madison and Callie Williams. “These two women, who were neighbors and friends of Ms. L acted with great courage. Ms. Madison found herself in a difficult situation trying to protect a friend who was in danger. In a surprising and disappointing turn, she was vilified for this act of courage. I find this shameful. People in our community should be applauded for stepping forward to help a fellow San Franciscan. We, particularly those of us in law enforcement, need to encourage the community to help us when they see or learn of a crime.”

District Attorney Gascón concluded his remarks by emphasizing “Domestic violence is a serious and dangerous crime. Countless women have lost their lives because society turned a blind eye to the violence they suffered in their homes. People in our community should know that domestic violence will not be tolerated, no matter who the perpetrator, no matter who the victim. We are all seeing that domestic violence knows no economic, racial, sexual or ethnic boundaries. I make no apologies for acting aggressively to wipe out domestic violence. As we all move forward, San Francisco can rest assured that I will not turn a blind eye to domestic violence.”

Mirkarimi was sentenced today to 3 years probation, 100 hours community service, 52 weeks of domestic violence classes , $400 domestic violence fine, parenting or family counseling, pay standard court fines and fees, and will waive any and all future appellate rights. The stay away order remains in full force and effect subject to a Family court order.