Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The daughter of Inglewood Mayor James Butts and one of her male friends have been arrested and charged with conspiring to assault the woman’s landlord.

Ashley Melissa Butts, 30, and Israel Rios, 37, were both charged with one felony count each of assault likely to produce great bodily injury, conspiracy to commit assault and first-degree burglary with a person present.

Prosecutors said Butts had recently moved into the landlord’s home in the 3300 block of West 78th Street, but “disputes” arose between the pair.

Butts allegedly arranged for an Uber driver to take Rios and another man to the home on April 30 to assault the landlord. According to prosecutors, Butts and Rios exchanged text messages shortly before Rios and the other man — whose name wasn’t released — arrived at the home and attacked the landlord with a metal baseball bat.

Either Rios or the other man fired a gun at the victim, prosecutors said.

Butts faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, while Rios faces up to 22 years, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

An arraignment date has not been set after Wednesday’s arrest.

–City News Service

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