Jacquetta Simmons: Punched A Senior, Gets Reduced Sentence

    January 15, 2014
    Ashley Olds
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What do you think is an appropriate penalty for a young woman who hits an old lady in the face?

When Judge Robert Noonan had to give a ruling on a case of this nature in 2011, he was pretty clear that it should be a five year sentence. At least, this is what he decided for 27 year-old Jacquetta Simmons who punched 70-year-old Walmart cashier Grace Suozzi on Christmas Eve of that year. During a dispute regarding a receipt, Simmons issued Suozzi a roundhouse punch to the face. Despite the fact that that the assault drove Suozzi into a reclusive state such that she can no longer work, Simmons still managed to obtain a reduction in sentence in appellate court this week.

By the state law known as “Granny Law” under which Simmons was originally sentenced, an assault on a 65-year-old individual by someone ten years or more their junior is deemed a felony.

However, the argument her attorney made to the appeals was that a five-year sentence is unheard of in that state for a person who has no prior conviction of a Class D felony. She continued to maintain the assault was accidental, insisting that she was only pulling her arm away from a different employee as Simmons attempted to leave, and that Grace’s injury was a mere casualty.

See the security footage at the end of the video to decide if you agree:

As a result of this appeal, Jacquetta’s five year sentence has now been reduced to a one year sentence in an upstate jail.

Expressing his disapproval at the new ruling, Judge Noonan, said, “The sentence imposed by me previously is obviously the sentence I thought appropriate for this case,” adding, “The appellate division has the authority to modify the sentence and has done so.”

Back in November 2012, Grace explained, “I do not have a normal life anymore. She has taken away my health that I worked so hard to maintain without medication. Now I’m forced to be on blood pressure and pain medication.”

Simmons previously said in court, “I just want to say how truly sorry I am, about the incident that happened. I hate that Grace and her family had to endure all the things that they’re going through right now.”

Removing personal responsibility is a classic way of issuing an inauthentic apology. Then again, one wouldn’t expect a genuine mea culpa when her attorneys are also appealing the $2,100 in restitution Simmons was ordered to pay to Suozzi.

Image via Youtube

  • Anne Ferry

    She deserves at least a two-year sentence pus she must pay the woman’s medical expenses and lost wages.

  • http://0 roy paul shields

    This gets to be an old story. A big young black female takes a 70 year old unsuspecting white woman out with a roundhouse, probably ruined what little life the victum has left and is sentenced to five years for the vicious assault and thru whatever racial manipulation gets her sentence reduced to one year. OK, have her do one year, and 3 rounds with the blonde bomber Rousch. Make it 5 rounds!!

  • Hello

    Inthinkmshenshould be charged with a “hate” crime!!! I assume the old lady was white since race wasnt mentioned. If it was the opposite, there would be cries for a hate crime….

  • comer

    pure racial hate ,sheshould be required to serve full sentance

    • http://bing con

      god forbid, don’t you know by now we are not allowed to claim hate crimes. what do you think would have happened if the role was reversed? It would have been all over the news with Jesse or Al.

  • charles odom

    Well did she have a recipt for the items he had in the bag? no one has said,which makes me think she didn’t,so that also makes her a thief!!

  • Sheila

    Really ? Because Ms. Simmons has no criminal history, she should get a reduced sentence for punching someone in the face ? I feel she should serve the 5 years she was sentenced to. The defense that this was an “accident”– PLEASE … that is a bunch of bull….. Grace Suozzi is a very, very sweet lady. When she was employed at Walmart, I would look for her and I would go into her line over every other cashier. She always made it a point to call everyone “honey” and wished you a good day. God Bless Grace and her family. My heart goes oiut to them !!!