Cherysse Cleveland, Woman in McDonald's Fight, Served Time for Assaulting Her Grandmother

Cherysse Cleveland, the woman who is facing charges of assault after brawling with staff at a McDonald's restaurant in Ravenna, Ohio, has previously served time in prison for assaulting her grandmother, as reported by 19 News.

Cleveland was arrested on Monday after getting into an altercation at McDonald's. She became upset when staff told her they could not mix three slushie flavors together and she went behind the counter to try and make her own drink.

A witness filmed the incident and shared the video on Facebook, where it has been viewed 2.6 million times, at the time of writing. The video appears to show Cleveland attacking two members of staff before a police officer responds to the scene and places her in handcuffs.

Cleveland was arrested and now faces two counts of misdemeanor assault.

Early on Thursday morning, 19 News reported that Cleveland was charged with felonious assault, kidnapping, and disrupting public service in 2014. A criminal complaint says that she caused "serious physical harm to Rebecca F. Biggers by throwing her to the ground and repeatedly hitting her with her hands and fists."

It also says that when the victim was "lying on [the] ground after the initial attack, the defendant grabbed a glass lamp, stood over [the] victim, and threw the lamp onto her body."

At the time, Cleveland asked the judges for leniency and wrote in a letter: "I am not an evil or bad person. I had some very difficult things going on in my life... I did not mean to assault my grandmother. In my mind, at the time, I thought I was fighting the devil.

"Probation from you is the request. I would like to get back out into the community and help in every way possible".

In another letter to judges, she wrote: "Mental illness strongly runs in my family and why I'm in jail. I had a nervous breakdown due to the death of my mother and why I assaulted [my] grandmother. I was not of sound mind and body. Before the incident, I worked at my job for 16 years and tried to be a good citizen."

Cleveland eventually pleaded guilty to felonious assault, but the charges of kidnapping and disrupting public service were dismissed. The judge granted a request to have Cleveland attend drug and alcohol counseling programs while in prison.

According to 19 News, in March 2015, she was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation following her release. She received credit for 217 days spent in the Portage County Jail.

Then, in December 2015, it was determined that Cleveland would be released from prison early under judicial release, on the condition that she attends counseling, takes her prescribed medications, and has no contact with her grandmother unless other adults are in attendance.

Now, Cleveland faces two counts of misdemeanor assault for the incident at McDonald's.

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McDonald's golden arches on March 14, 2001, in Boston, Massachusetts. A woman who faces charges for a fight at McDonald's had previously served time for assaulting her grandmother. Darren McCollester/Newsmakers/Getty