A Savannah couple have been sentenced to jail Friday for beating a restaurant proprietor and her 15-yr-previous daughter in June after complaining of chilly hen and too frew french fries, the district lawyer stated.
Superior Courtroom Decide Robert Man sentenced Nathaniel Eric Smith, forty five, to eight years in jail and 7 years probation for cruelty to youngsters, District Lawyer Jackie Johnson stated. Man sentenced Latasha Denise Smith, 28, to 2 years in jail and eight years probation for aggravated battery, Johnson stated.
Man additionally ordered the Smiths to pay $four,000 restitution and banished them from Appling and Jeff Davis counties, she stated.
The Smiths had pleaded responsible to the 2 costs in November in Camden County after Man agreed to vary the venue of the trial due to publicity in Baxley. A surveillance tape of the beating was proven on each main community and different retailers as Baxley police and different businesses looked for the Smiths. They surrendered in Bryan County almost two weeks later.
After the Smiths complained loudly about their meal at Jeanette Norris’ drive by means of restaurant, the Qwik Chik, Norris provided to refund their cash. However outdoors the restaurant, Latasha Smith started punching Norris. When her daughter got here to assist her, Eric Smith instantly punched the teenager within the face and knocked her down. Jeanette Norris’ nostril was damaged, and her daughter suffered a concussion.
Eric Smith’s sentence was enhanced as a result of he had a number of prior convictions, Johnson stated. Man denied Latasha Smith’s requestto be sentenced underneath the primary offender statute beneath which her document would have been cleared ultimately if she didn’t violate any extra legal guidelines.
The victims have been current in courtroom and have been glad with the sentences, Johnson stated.
Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405