Woman Gets 7 Years in Jail for Assault at McDonald’s Hiring Event

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CLEVELAND -- A woman accused of running down five people with her vehicle in a McDonald's parking lot in April of last year will spend the next seven-years behind bars for her crimes.

Stacey Matthews, 23, of Cleveland received the sentence on Tuesday morning from Judge Robert C. McClelland.

Matthews was found guilty of six counts of felonious assault on December 23, 2011, and faced the possibility of 40-years in prison.

Cell phone video of the incident was taken by several bystanders back on April 19, 2011, when Matthews, 23, of Cleveland, recruited co-defendant Cedrica Johnson, 24, of East Cleveland, to help her confront two females, ages 17 and 19.

The teens were waiting in line at the McDonald's on East 55th Street to interview for a position during McDonald's National Day of Hiring Event.

A fight ensued when Matthews and Johnson arrived at the McDonald's. Prosecutors were able to prove that when Matthews tried to leave the parking lot, she got into her car, placed it in reverse and struck five victims, one victim twice, including the owner of the McDonald's.

Both Matthews and Johnson were eventually arrested and charged.

After a bench trial on Dec. 22, Judge Robert McClelland found Johnson guilty of assault for her role in the fight.

Johnson is awaiting sentencing for her crimes.

Fox 8 News Melissa Reid reports that Matthews also received five-years parole after her release.

Matthews' attorney tells Reid that they plan on appealing the sentence.

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