Walmart assaulter sentenced to jail time if fines and costs aren’t paid


GREENVILLE — The Dayton woman who rose to local infamy when she attacked another customer in line at the Greenville Walmart was sentenced in Darke County Municipal Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Melissa A. Werts, 46, of Dayton, entered a plea of no contest to a charge of assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree, and was found guilty.

Judge Julie Monnin sentenced Werts to 90 days in jail with 80 days suspended and 10 days to serve, or 30 days electronic monitored house arrest if all fines and costs are paid in full by Jan. 15, 2016. She was fined $500, and court costs were $157.

She also was ordered to report to Access Ohio Mental Health Center for an evaluation and comply with any recommendations.

A compliance hearing has been set for Jan. 15 at 9 a.m.

Werts attacked a woman in line at the customer service desk at the Greenville Walmart on Nov. 13.

According to the police report, Werts slammed her cart into Deanne Kenworthy of Greenville at the Walmart Customer Service Desk. Werts then became belligerant, hitting Kenworthy, pulling her hair and slamming her to the ground. Werts and Kenworthy exchanged blows before a friend of Kenworthy’s intervened.

The incident was captured by the store’s surveillance camera.

Werts turned herself in to authorities on Nov. 21.

Werts was caught on a Walmart surveillance camera during the assualt on Nov. 13. was caught on a Walmart surveillance camera during the assualt on Nov. 13.

By Rachel Lloyd

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