Mirkarimi's wife, son to travel to Venezuela

Eliana Lopez, wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi makes her way in a hearing in Superior Court in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

March 24, 2012 2:08:36 PM PDT
The wife of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is heading back to Venezuela Sunday.

Eliana Lopez and her 3-year old son Theo will leave to visit her sick father, who had a recent recurrence of cancer and is now undergoing chemotherapy.

The month-long trip was approved by a family court judge, according to court documents filed Friday.

On Monday Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of false imprisionment. He was suspended Wednesday without pay by mayor Ed Lee, who wants him out of office.

The initial charges stemmed from an argument allegedly over Lopez's desire to take their son to Venezuela.