WASHINGTON — Christopher Barry, the son of the late Marion Barry, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors just days before his trial for assault charges was set to begin.
Barry, who lost a bid to replace his late father on the D.C. Council last month, is facing charges stemming from a reported violent outburst inside a downtown bank in mid-January.
Prosecutors charged Barry with three counts of simple assault, attempted threats to do bodily harm and destruction of property. According to police records, Barry became upset with a teller after he was declined for a cash withdraw. Barry allegedly threw a trash can at the teller and began threatening her.
Barry told her, he would “have somebody waiting for you when you get off work,” according to a police report.
Barry plead not guilty when first charged and requested a trial date. The trial was set for May 20, weeks after the April special election in which Barry was running to replace his father on the council.
Barry’s trial was set to begin this week, but court documents filed on Friday by prosecutors indicate the two sides have reached a plea deal, WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves reports.
If Barry’s plea deal is approved by the judge, it would prevent the surveillance video of the incident from ever becoming public.