SOUTHINGTON - A Wethersfield teen charged in connection with an assault at a Southington park, which left a woman with a concussion, is seeking a program that would allow her to avoid prosecution.
Isabella Casale, 18, and her younger sister allegedly punched and kicked a woman repeatedly on Oct. 13, during an attack at Recreation Park, according to court documents. The victim fell down and hit her head during the assault, leaving her with a concussion.
Casale faces charges of second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. Bristol Superior Court officials on Wednesday said she has applied for Accelerated Rehabilitation - a first-time offender program. Should the program be granted, she could be on a form of pretrial probation for up to two years before the charges are dropped.
Casale's case has been continued to determine her eligibility for the program.
According to the arrest warrant, the victim told police she had been having some issues with Casale and Casale’s sister, a minor who has not been identified, prior to the assault on Oct. 13. The complainant alleges that she planned on attending a friend’s memorial service that day at Recreation Park, but that Casale’s sister told her if she went, she would fight her.
After attending the service, as she was walking back to her car, the victim said she was grabbed by the hair by a juvenile who spun her around and told her she was going to be involved in a fight. As this happened, Casale and her sister allegedly began punching the victim in the face, causing her to fall down and hit her head, according to the warrant. She was then allegedly kicked repeatedly by the two assailants, the warrant continued.
The victim was later taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bradley Memorial Campus, where she was diagnosed with a concussion. She gave a statement to police five days later, after recovering somewhat from the attack.
Part of the assault was caught on video and posted to a social media website. Police viewed this video and saw the victim on the ground being kicked multiple times.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.