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Published: Friday, 7/13/2007

Couple convicted of misdemeanors in school parking lot assault

BLADE STAFF

A Toledo couple accused of assaulting a 64-year-old woman in the parking lot of an elementary school was exonerated Friday on charges of felonious assault but each was found guilty of lesser offenses.

Kristina Calvin, 31, was found guilty of assault. Her husband, Edward, 35, was found guilty of complicity to assault. Each charge is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum of 6 months in jail.

The Calvins, of 708 Walbridge Ave., had faced up to eight years in prison if convicted of the original charge of felonious assault. They were accused of attacking Barbara Duerson, a 64-year-old grandmother outside the Glendale-Feilbach Elementary School during dismissal time on Jan. 31.

Mrs. Duerson testified that she had been confused about how to pull into a parking spot when she attempted to pass in front of the Calvins as they waited in line. She said an angry Mrs. Calvin jumped out of her car and proceeded to attack her.

Mrs. Calvin testified during the trial that she was pushed and hit first by Mrs. Duerson and that she responded by fighting back.

The jury deliberated seven hours over two days before returning the misdemeanor convictions. Judge Frederick McDonald set a Sept. 4 sentencing date.

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