Daughter of Inglewood Mayor Accused of Arranging Attack on Landlord

The landlord was struck with a metal bat

The daughter of Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts was charged Wednesday with arranging an attack in which her landlord was assaulted with a metal bat and shot at, prosecutors said.

Ashley Melissa Butts, 30, had gotten into disputes with her landlord shortly after moving into his home in the 3300 block of West 78th Street, and allegedly hired a friend to assault him, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

On April 30, prosecutors said Butts arranged for an Uber to pick up her friend, 37-year-old Israel Rios, and take him to the home. Butts and Rios exchanged text messages before Rios knocked on the door, assaulted the landlord with a metal bat and fired a revolver at him, prosecutors said.

The landlord was not struck by gunfire, but suffered cuts and bruises to his head, District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Jane Robison said.

Butts was arrested late Wednesday night and held on $100,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County jail records. Rios was arrested earlier in the afternoon. His bail was set at $350,000.

They were charged with one felony count each of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, conspiracy to commit assault and first-degree burglary with a person present.

It wasn't immediately known if either defendant has a lawyer.

The complaint accuses Rios of using a firearm and causing great bodily injury.

If convicted, prosecutors said Butts faces up to seven years and Rios up to 22 years in state prison.

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