Lesbian couple pleads guilty in fracas with Jamaican fast food worker
NEW YORK, USA (CMC) - The two angry lesbian customers accused of starting a fracas with a Jamaican-born employee at McDonalds have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.
However, under a plea agreement, Denise Darbeau, 24, and Rachel Edwards, 24, - a lesbian couple, will not serve jail time.
The couple appeared in the Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday where prosecutors said the couple had crossed paths with McDonald's employee Rayon McIntosh when they walked into the fast food chain located in West Village, Manhattan, on the morning of October, 2011.
McIntosh told grand jurors last year that Darbeau became incensed when a manager scrutinised her fifty-dollar bill used to pay for fast food.
Prosecutors said all McIntosh was trying to do at the time was hand Darbeau her extra crispy chicken sandwich. But McIntosh's lawyer said Darbeau mocked his client's Jamaican, shouting: "You should be deported!" and "banana boat!"
Darbeau is captured on cell-phone video first slapping McIntosh, then vaulting the counter.
Witnesses told reporters that Edwards then shouted: "If my husband gets into a fight, I got her back," as she ran behind the counter herself.
McIntosh was cleared of any wrongdoing in December after convincingly telling grand jurors that the women had threatened and then attacked him, and that he only struck them until they ceased their attack.
Both women admitted to Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gregory Carro that they had caused the fracas.
Darbeau, who also pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted burglary will serve five years probation and will be sentenced November 7.
Edwards will serve 10 days of community service and was sentenced on the spot.
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