Plea Agreement Reached with Mirkarimi

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 12, 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 today that Ross Mirkarimi pled guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment for a domestic violence incident that occurred on December 31, 2011 involving his wife and in the presence of their child.

“My first priority has always been the safety of Ms. L and her child. Today’s guilty plea clearly reflects the seriousness of the incident and my commitment to prosecuting domestic violence cases,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “As I have mentioned in the past, an appropriate response to domestic violence is essential if any effect is to be had on those who abuse, those who are abused, and the children who witness abuse. I am confident today’s plea and mandated counseling will help this family.”

Mirkarimi, in his plea agreement, agreed to 3 years probation, 100 hours community service, 52 weeks of domestic violence classes , $400 domestic violence fine, parenting or family counseling per Adult Probation Department’s recommendation, 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.

In addition, the District Attorney was steadfast in his requirement for Mirkarimi to issue a public apology to Ivory Madison and her family for the public scrutiny they endured. “Domestic violence is an underreported crime that happens behind closed doors. Ivory Madison and other witnesses should be commended for their courage, “said District Attorney Gascón. “If we are committed to ending domestic violence, we in law enforcement must continue to encourage witnesses to come forward because it is the right thing to do for the victim, for the community and for our city.”

Ross Mirkarimi was charged on January 17 with three misdemeanors: one count of domestic violence battery, one count of child endangerment and one count of dissuading a witness. Based on the totality of the evidence, the District Attorney’s office added a fourth count of misdemeanor false imprisonment today. Mirkarimi pled guilty to the misdemeanor false imprisonment charge.

Mirkarimi is scheduled to be sentenced on March 19. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Aguilar-Tarchi is the Prosecutor.