A York County woman captured in a viral video of a brawl at the Red Lobster in Springettsbury Township on Mother’s Day pleaded guilty on Thursday to disorderly conduct and harassment and was fined $400.
Cathy Hill, 52, of Manchester Township, appeared via Zoom for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Barry Bloss Jr. and entered into a plea agreement. She owes almost $790 with court costs.
As part of the plea agreement, Deputy Prosecutor Mark Monroe dropped a charge of defiant trespass. Hill, he said, has already paid $200 in restitution.
“Obviously, Cathy here recognized that her frustration got the best of her that day,” said T.L. Kearney, Hill’s attorney. “And she wanted to set the stage right away to address the root issues involved for herself, for the folks at Red Lobster and generally for the community at large.”
Kearney said his client immediately enrolled in anger management classes. She set the right example, he said, which was acknowledged with the outcome of the case.
“When something like this happens to all-around good people, you own it, you address it right away, you fix it,” Kearney said. “And that’s exactly what Cathy did.”
She walked inside the restaurant without wearing a mask, and employees told her to leave. Later, the situation became physical. A crowd of people outside told Springettsbury Township police that she was the aggressor.
Hill must pay off her court costs and fines by Dec. 1.
Contact Dylan Segelbaum at 717-771-2102.