Walmart assailant sentenced to five years

Nov 14, 2012

The Batavia woman convicted of assaulting an elderly Walmart employee last Christmas Eve was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Jacquetta Walker, who is now eight-months pregnant, was found guilty of second-degree assault by a jury in August.  She was subject to sentencing under New York's "Granny Law," which imposes harsher penalties for injuring a person over 65 if the assailant is at least 10 years younger than the victim. 

Simmons was caught on store surveillance cameras punching 70-year-old Grace Suozzi in the face after Suozzi asked the customer to show her a receipt.  Suozzi was knocked off her feet and across the floor.  The judge in the case called it a "brutal assault." 

The video of the assault can be seen here.

Suozzi offered an emotional statement to the court Wednesday, saying she has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and other medical ailments from the attack.  Simmons offered a brief apology, saying she is "truly sorry" about what happened.

Simmons, who is eight months pregnant, has no criminal history. Her attorney says the sentence is excessive and he will appeal.