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Jacquetta Simmons mostly likely still owes restitution to Grace Suozzi. The first step in determining that amount started today in county court in a hearing.

Suozzi’s doctor testified as to the expenses incurred due to her medical needs from injuries sustained in the Christmas Eve 2011 incident in which Simmons knocked the 70-year-old Wal-Mart greeter to the ground. The discussion also included miles and gas for her trips to doctors’ appointments. District Attorney Lawrence Friedman.

“With everything else that a victim suffers, especially in this case," District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said, "it’s basically unthinkable that there should be financial loss in addition to everything else. That is certainly an appropriate part of sentencing and the defendant should be obligated to.”

Simmons’ six-month stay expires May 31. The stay was granted to the defense so the team could have the necessary time to perfect its appeal. Simmons was sentenced to five years in prison in November. She was granted her release from jail due to the court order in mid-December.

Judge Robert Noonan, who heard from both sides this morning, will issue a decision soon. Suozzi is seeking $2,100.


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