A former manager at Taco Bell restaurant, Linda Witkerson, 48, was sentenced to probation for three years on Friday, March 29, for choking a pregnant employee, Mary Hulett, during an argument over a food order in 2018.
The 48-year-old pleaded guilty after being charged with fourth-degree assault and strangulation in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon.
In addition to the probation, Linda was ordered to pay a $250 fine, perform 100 hours of community service, attend anger management classes. He was also ordered not to contact her former co-worker.
Mary told the Oregonian newspaper, "I’m glad there was at least some kind of punishment for what she did. I think she got what she deserved."
Linda and Mary got involved in an argument in Portland International Airport Taco Bell on June 3, of last year. Mary was four months pregnant at the time.
According to the Oregonian report, the pair argument began after Mary ordered food during her break. Linda canceled the order 20 minutes later.
The argument led Linda to put her hands around Mary's neck until she was shoved away.
Of the incident, the victim told the newspaper,
I didn’t know when she was going to take her hands off my throat, and I was in fear for my child. I’m just glad she let go and my son was born healthy. It was wrong for me to call her the b-word, but that doesn’t justify you putting your hands on someone.
The suspect no longer works for the restaurant. It's unclear if Mary was still employed at Taco Bell.
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