BATAVIA, NY — Last year we reported on Jacquetta Simmons, the woman who punched an elderly Walmart worker in the face after being asked to show her receipt. Last week a judge sentenced Simmons to five years in prison.
On Christmas Eve of last year, 26-year-old Jacquetta Simmons and her male companion were leaving a Walmart after having purchased some items at the electronics section located in the back of the store.
When 70-year-old Grace Suozzi asked to check her receipts against the items she was carrying out, Simmons punched the elderly woman in the face, knocking her to the ground and fracturing the bones in the side of her face.
Simmons and her friend fled to the parking lot but other employees and customers quickly surrounded their car and prevented them from leaving until police showed up. Simmons was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree assault, and released later on $40,000 bond.
Simmons would plead not guilty, but a jury would end up finding Simmons guilty in August and convict her under the state’s “Granny Law,” a law that gives stiffer penalties for assaulting anyone 65 or older.
On Wednesday, Simmons stood before a judge and said she was sorry for what she did to Suozzi, but the judge didn’t believer her, calling the assault brutal and senseless. She was taken into custody immediately after sentencing her to five years in prison.
Suozzi broke down in court as she explained that she is depressed and afraid to leave the house. “What she has taken away is irreplaceable, she has taken away my independence…she has taken away my joy and replaced it with trauma,” she told the court.
Simmons attorney says they will appeal the conviction. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Simmons had the receipts for her purchases.
Oh, and before someone undoubtedly brings it up, the Fourth Amendment protects you from illegal search and seizures conducted by government officials; not 70-year-old Walmart greeters asking you prove you’re leaving the store with items you actually purchased.