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Women sentenced for hot oil attack

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Cobb County women will spend time in prison after being found guilty of throwing hot cooking oil on a group of people.

Zawadi Athenails Clark, 22, of Marietta, pleaded guilty last week as her trial got underway. Myzelle Chantel Armstrong, 19, of Smyrna was convicted Friday of two counts of aggravated battery and eight counts of aggravated assault.

The attack, which happened in February 2013, was sparked by an argument between two groups of women over photos and messages posted on Instagram. One group challenged the other to a physical fight.

The fight was scheduled to take place at the Cumberland Glen Apartments in the 2300 block of Cobb Parkway. Prosecutors said when the four challengers arrived, they found the defendants armed with baseball bats and pots of hot oil.

Cobb County ADA Jaret Usher said the challengers tried to get away, but Armstrong "shoved a bat in the car door so it could not be closed" and then threw the oil on the victims. One woman suffered serious burns that required skin grafts.

In court, Armstrong apologized for the attack and asked for mercy, but Usher said boiling the oil "took time and preparation," and pointed to premeditation.

Armstrong and Clark were each sentenced to 40 years. Armstrong will serve four years of her sentence in prison, and Clark must serve three years.

Charges are still pending against a third defendant, 22-year-old Mykhal Antoinette Tait of Morrow.

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