Ohio woman found guilty of assault in school brawl

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Precious Allen, 31, poses in front of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas in Cincinnati, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Allen has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and aggravated trespassing in a Feb. 7, 2013, classroom brawl in which she’s accused of hitting and holding down a 15-year-old girl while her teenage daughter hit her in the face with a combination lock. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio woman has been convicted of assault in a high school classroom brawl involving her daughter and another teen.

Precious Allen also was acquitted of trespassing.

Jurors reached the unanimous verdict Friday. A judge sentenced Allen to probation, meaning she'll be able to avoid jail time. She could have faced up to six months in jail.

The 31-year-old had pleaded not guilty in the Feb. 7 fracas involving her daughter and a 15-year-old girl at Withrow High School in Cincinnati.

Allen tearfully told jurors that the 15-year-old girl had been bullying her daughter and started the fight by cursing at her, calling her names and shoving her face with an open hand, knocking her down.

The 15-year-old testified that Allen's daughter threw the first punch and Allen quickly joined in.