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Wife of San Francisco sheriff said plea is in 'everyone's best interests'

March 12, 2012 |  2:54 pm

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The wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said she is "relieved and hopeful" that her life can get back to normal now that her husband has agreed to a plea bargain, said Paula Canny, Lopez's attorney.

Speaking to reporters outside of the Hall of Justice, where Mirkarimi was to be tried on domestic violence-related charges, Canny said Eliana Lopez "is grateful that this stressful public spectacle will soon be over."

The former Venezuelan telenovela star believes Mirkarimi's plea is in "everyone's best interests."

"She loves her husband Ross," Canny said. "She supports Ross and together they hope to raise the best child in the world, Theo."

Canny would not discuss how Lopez got a big bruise on her bicep at the time of the incident. She described the plea -- guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment in exchange for three other charges being dropped -- as common for cases involving law enforcement officials because it does not contain a mandatory firearm prohibition.

It is, Canny said, "a palatable, safe resolution to this very difficult situation for everyone involved."


San Francisco sheriff takes plea deal in domestic violence case

-- Maria L. La Ganga

Photo: San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, depart after speaking to reporters at City Hall in San Francisco in January. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press