Madelyn Anderson, 32, was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months on charges including simple assault, driving under the influence and burglary.
Anderson reportedly stabbed her former boyfriend in the neck with a grilling fork during a dispute in April 2001 in their North Franklin Street home in Pottstown. The injury was reportedly serious, but not fatal and Anderson was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $50,270 to Reading Hospital and Medical Center for her victim's treatment.
Then in July 2011, Anderson was reportedly charged with a DUI in Norristown after being stopped at Markley and West Marshall streets and refusing to submit to a blood test. Anderson was arrested again in October 2011 and charged with burglary for climbing through the window of a home in the 300 block of West Main Street and demanding money from the homeowner.
Anderson's lawyer argued that she needs support and treatment, not state prison.
"Technically, she just spiraled out of control," said Defense Attorney George Griffith Jr., according to The Mercury. "Miss Anderson needs some support to sustain a crime free lifestyle. She needs a very strong support system. She is a person who needs intensive outpatient treatment. She is a person who deserves help. I don’t think she’s a person who has graduated to that state prison time."
Assistant District Attorney Wallis Brooks reportedly agreed that treatment and supervision would be key to Anderson's rehabilitation.
"Hopefully, the defendant will now get the continued care and treatment that she needs, that she’ll be supervised for this lengthy period of time and she’ll get her issues under control and the public will be safe from these kinds of incidents," he reportedly said.
Read more about the case and the related incidents here.