Plea deal reached in store scuffle case

AP News
Posted: Nov 20, 2009 8:16 PM

A black school teacher charged with assaulting white police officers, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace has agreed a plea deal with prosecutors convicting her of two misdemeanor counts.

The deal announced Friday night means 24-year-old Heather Ellis will avoid a felony conviction for her part in a January 2007 scuffle at a Missouri Wal-Mart.

Ellis agreed to plead guilty to resisting arrest and peace disturbance. Prosecutor Morley Swingle dropped two felony counts of assault on a law officer.

She will be placed on unsupervised probation for a year, must serve four days of shock jail time and must attend at least two hours of anger management classes.