Assault Charge Against Mets’ Jeurys Familia Dropped
A New Jersey judge agreed Thursday to drop the simple-assault charge against New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia, the closer’s defense attorney, Paul Brickfield said “I’m happy the case is resolved.” Municipal court judge John DeSheplo accepted Fort Lee prosecutor Arthur Balsamo’s recommendation that the misdemeanor charge be dismissed stemming from a domestic-violence allegation.
The judge also ordered the record of the case to be expunged.
Balsamo met with Familia’s wife, Bianca Rivas, before the hearing Thursday and she did not want the domestic-violence case to be pursued.
“She’s been steadfast that the matter be dismissed,” Balsamo told the judge.
Familia was arrested Oct. 31 after allegedly causing a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of his Rivas. His wife told authorities that the scratch was caused by their 1-year-old son, and the facial mark was caused by pressing on her own head. There was also two knives found at the scene, Rivas told authorities that Familia wedged them into the door while barricading himself in a bathroom following an argument.
The end of the legal case against Familia ends in the court, but not with the Mets, The team issued a statement Thursday saying they’ll “await the outcome of MLB’s investigation.”