'' Fallout From Councilwoman Pearce-Devin Cotter June Incident: Her Former Chief of Staff Devin Cotter Enters Into Plea Agreement w/ City Prosecutor: Admits Probation Violation, Ends Public Intox Case, Must Complete 10 Days Community Service & Remains On Probation '


Fallout From Pearce-Cotter June Incident: Her Former Chief of Staff Enters Into Plea Agreement w/ City Prosecutor: Admits Probation Violation, Ends Public Intox Case, Must Complete 10 Days Community Service & Remains On Probation

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(Nov. 16, 2017, 4:30 p.m.) -- Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert today (Nov. 16) released the following updated on a case referred to his office concerning Devin Cotter, former Chief of Staff to 2nd district Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce, whom Mayor Robert Garcia previously hired as a "Legislative Deputy" in his City Hall office after Cotter worked as campaign manager for Garcia's 2014 Mayoral campaign.

Devin Cotter, 36, of Long Beach, entered into a plea agreement with the prosecution which concludes his open criminal case alleging public intoxication on June 3, 2017, and the pending probation violation from his conviction for drunk driving on February 9, 2015.

Under the plea agreement, the defendant admitted that the incident on June 3rd was a violation of his probation. His probation was revoked by Superior Court Judge Richard Goul and Cotter was ordered to complete 10 days of community service. Cotter was then reinstated on probation and if he fails to complete his community service or if violates probation a second time, he could be sentenced to up to 170 days in county jail. His public intoxication case was dismissed, pursuant to the plea agreement.

The charged public intoxication incident took place on June 3, 2017, after police responded to a "disturbing the peace" call at Junipero Avenue and Fourth Street around 6:19am. Cotter was detained by police officers who observed Cotter showing what was reported as “obvious signs and symptoms of him being intoxicated in a public place," including an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and slurred speech in which he "seemed confused and repeated himself multiple times."

Police at the scene determined there was an arrest warrant for Cotter for violating his probation on his 2015 drunk driving case. He was arrested on the warrant and while in police custody Cotter voluntarily submitted to a breath test which determined his BAC was .13. He was charged with public intoxication in addition to the filing of a notice of probation violation.

The plea agreement today concludes both his new criminal case (public intoxication) as well as his probation violation. The public intoxication case is LA Superior Court Case No. 7LB02812. The 2015 DUI case is LA Superior Court Case No. 4LT01001, and Cotter remains on probation in this case.

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As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, in late October the L.A. County District Attorney's declined to prosecute allegations of domestic battery and driving under the influence against Councilwoman Pearce, based on a "Charge Evaluation Worksheet" completed by the DA's office that includes information and allegations not previously released, including what LBPD and CHP officers found and did on scene, what the LBPD and DA's investigations found and the DA's office's basis for its decision.

The DA's Public Integrity Division remains (to our knowledge) in the process of conducting a separate review of alleged inappropriate activity and conflicts of interests but with details unclear as to whom such allegations may pertain or under what circumstances.







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