No felony charges for LA Walmart pepper-sprayer

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12/8/2011 10:02:34 PM - AP News
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say a Los Angeles woman accused of attacking Black Friday shoppers with pepper spray won't face felony charges.A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney says the case of 32-year-old Elizabeth Macias was referred to city attorneys Thursday after no evidence of a felony was found.The spokeswoman, Sandi Gibbons, says Macias could still face misdemeanor prosecution.Los Angeles police say Macias may have acted in self-defense. City prosecutors will have to decide if that's true or if she used the pepper spray to grab video games from other shoppers.The incident caused a chaotic scene at a Walmart store in Porter Ranch. At least 20 people, including children, suffered nose and throat irritation.Phone messages left at a pair of numbers listed for Macias were not immediately returned.