Woman sentenced for assault at school

A Cole County woman was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for pleading guilty to assaulting a teacher in March 2012 at Pioneer Trail Elementary School in Apache Flats.

Joann Rutherford, 35, of 5409 W. Business 50, was charged with one count of felony assault on school property.

Cole County sheriff's deputies said Rutherford attempted to contact her son about 1 p.m. at the school. Rutherford's custody of her son had been temporarily suspended through Cole County courts.

Rutherford entered the school through the front door and was able to get by school staff to attempt to get her son. While staff was moving children into their classrooms, Rutherford punched a teacher in the left shoulder, leaving a red mark.

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