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MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York woman has been convicted of assault for punching and choking a teacher at her daughter’s school.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/2jfLBAV ) reports a Nassau County jury deliberated about five hours before finding Annika McKenzie guilty of assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. She faces up to seven years in prison.

Prosecutors say McKenzie confronted the 60-year-old teacher in April 2015. She said she believed the teacher had assaulted her daughter with a lacrosse stick earlier that day. The teacher has denied that claim.

The teacher was unconscious for about two minutes and suffered a concussion.

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McKenzie’s lawyer says he is disappointed by the verdict. He said his client would have handled the situation differently given a second chance.

He said McKenzie thought the teacher was going to hit her.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com