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September 27, 2023

SJB councilman’s hearing continued in domestic violence case

The latest court hearing for a San Juan Bautista councilman accused of domestic violence was continued until Aug. 6.

The San Benito County District Attorney’s Office has charged San Juan Bautista City Councilman Daniel J. DeVries on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and battery counts in connection with his arrest in a domestic incident May 24, according to court records. 

District Attorney Candice Hooper’s Office filed the misdemeanor charges June 24, while DeVries was arraigned in court the following day.

He was due back in court July 18 for a pre-trial conference but that hearing was continued until 2 p.m. Aug. 6 without explanation in the court records. DeVries is represented by attorney Greg LaForge, whom he retained. 

Mug shot of Dan Devries

Prosecutors charged DeVries with three counts: Battery on a non-cohabiting spouse or fiance, assault by means of creating great injury, and violating a court order to prevent domestic violence, according to records. With the D.A.’s charges, DeVries faces the potential for a sentence of up to one year in jail for each of the misdemeanor counts. 

The sheriff’s office on May 24 responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of Fifth Street in San Juan and contacted DeVries there. Investigators suspected domestic violence and took DeVries, age 55, into custody.

The councilman was booked into the county jail at 9:53 p.m. and released on $50,000 bail at 11:26 p.m. that night, according to jail records.

The sheriff’s office accused him of inflicting corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition, a felony. A conviction on that recommended charge, which the D.A. reduced, could have resulted in up to four years in prison. 

DeVries and the suspected victim called the allegation exaggerated in the days after it occurred and said no injuries were involved.