Wethersfield woman, charged in Southington assault, seeking rehab

Published on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:24


SOUTHINGTON - A Wethersfield woman charged in a 2017 assault at a Southington park that left a woman with a concussion is seeking entry to 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, 2017, at Recreation Park, according to court documents. The victim fell and hit her head, suffering a concussion.  

Casale is charged 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, before the alleged assault.

She said she had planned on attending a friend’s memorial service that day at Recreation Park, but Casale’s sister told her that if she were to do so, she would fight her.

After the service, as she was walking back to her car, the woman 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. Casale and her sister then allegedly began punching the victim in the face, sending her to the ground, according to the warrant. She was then allegedly kicked repeatedly by the two, the warrant continued.

The victim was 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.

Part of the assault was caught on video and posted to a social media website. Police viewed this video.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:24. Updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:26.