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DA will not press charges against Cerritos Mayor pro tem Bruce Barrows; Case to be handled ‘informally and internally’

Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Barrows: "I defended the honor of my wife."

Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Barrrows said on Monday that he was "defending the honor of his wife" after an altercation with resident Jay Gray

By Brian Hews

Updated at 8:10 p.m.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney has decided not to seek felony charges against Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Barrows after an alleged altercation involving resident and city council critic Jay Gray.

Mario Trujillo, Assistant District Attorney confirmed to Los Cerritos Community Newspaper on Monday afternoon that his office will not move forward on the matter after Gray filed a “failure to prosecute” procedure last Friday.

“The District Attorney will not file charges against Mayor pro tem Bruce Barrows,” Trujillo told LCCN.

“The DA will refer the case per policy to a Office Hearing Program. The case will will be handled internally and informally in our office,” stressed Trujillo.

Gray and Barrows went head to head in a heated exchange at Monday’s Cerritos City Council Meeting during public comments. Barrows said he was “defending the honor of his wife Teresa.”

Gray said the he was a “victim of assault” and that Barrows needs to admit “the truth” to “himself” and “the community.”

Cerritos resident Chris Fuentes lashed out at Barrows at the meeting and demanded the city council to “take action against Mayor Pro Tem Barrows.”

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper will continue to update this developing situation.

Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Barrows comes under fire.

Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Barrows comes under fire.

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Shoddy reporting at best, libelous at worst. Mr. Gray’s version of the events, even if taken as 100% true, don’t rise to the level of felony assault. Thats why you wont find any statement by the DA that says they were considering a felony charge in the first place. It would be very ironic if the author were to find himself in an actual legal quagmire because of this continued reckless and factually incorrect reporting.