Woman guilty in police fight
A South Bay jury this week convicted Sandra Lopez, a National City woman, of resisting arrest. But the same jury found her sister, Ana Lopez, not guilty of the same charge.
The Lopez sisters had been charged in connection with an incident involving Officer James Ullmer of the National City police department that occurred in May.
Ullmer had issued Sandra Lopez a traffic citation which she disputed. And, according to the police report, the two sisters ended up in a physical confrontation with the officer.
Following the incident, the sisters went to the Chicano Federation and filed a complaint against Uller alleging he used excess force in arresting them.
THE JURY, made up of six men and six women, three of whom were Hispanic, took from noon Thursday to shortly past noon Friday to arrive at their decision.
Supervising District Attorney Alen Preckel commented he believed the complexity of the case cause the jury to take extra time with their deliberations.
Ruth Fritsch, prosecuting district attorney, needed only one day to present the state's witnesses, the defense took a day and a half.
Sandra Lopez will be sentenced on Wednesday. She faces a maximum sentence on the misdemeanor change of a $1,000 fine and/or one year probation, Preckel said.
Police Chief Terry Hart said an internal investigation has cleared Ullmer of any wrongdoing concerning his actions in handling the sisters.