Wallingford woman, found guilty of assault at Southington elementary school, gets 30 months in prison

Published on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 19:07


NEW BRITAIN - A Wallingford woman has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after being found guilty in a 2016 assault of her then-supervisor at a Southington elementary school.

During a hearing Friday in New Britain Superior Court, Melinda Fisher, 32, was handed down a 10-year sentence, suspended after service of 30 months in prison, followed by a five-year period of probation.

She had been held on $100,000 since being found guilty in December of second-degree assault.

The guilty finding was made following a week-long trial in which Ronald Dearstyne, a former state prosecutor who has since retired, convinced a jury that Fisher viciously attacked the victim during an altercation at South End Elementary School, at 10 Maxwell Noble Drive, Southington, around 8:30 a.m. on April 21, 2016. According to police, Fisher punched the woman in the face, tried to throw another punch and threw a cup of coffee at her as she tried to run away.

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.

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 that was offered by state prosecutors. 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 The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 19:07. Updated: Tuesday, 5 February 2019 19:10.