Wallingford woman, convicted of assault in Southington school, awaiting sentencing

Published on Monday, 24 December 2018 13:12
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

NEW BRITAIN - A Wallingford woman is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty in a 2016 assault of her then-supervisor at a Southington elementary school.

Melinda Fisher, 32, is being held on $100,000 bond after she was found guilty of two counts of second-degree assault during a trial earlier this month in New Britain Superior Court. Her sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 1.

Fisher was found guilty after state prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne spent a week convincing a jury she punched the victim in the face, tried to throw another punch and threw a cup of coffee at her as she tried to run away during an altercation at South End Elementary School, at 10 Maxwell Noble Drive, Southington, around 8:34 a.m. on April 21, 2016. Fisher, a district-wide technology assistant at the time, argued with her supervisor after she addressed Fisher about arriving late for work, police said. 

After the supervisor fell to the ground, police said, Fisher was seen trying to bang the woman’s head against a wall. She also kicked the woman, according to police.

The fight was broken up by staff members and a parent, who had been dropping off a student, when they finally pulled Fisher away, according to police. After the incident, the supervisor complained of head, face and back pain, and was taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut's Bradley Memorial campus in Southington for medical treatment. She suffered serious injuries.

Fisher’s trial came after she turned down a plea deal, offered by state prosecutors, in January. The terms of the deal had not been publicly put on the record.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Monday, 24 December 2018 13:12. Updated: Monday, 24 December 2018 13:14.