Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons was found guilty of simple assault and malicious mischief Tuesday, according to WTVA.
Simmons, an incoming freshman who enrolled at the school last month “under conditions,” pleaded no contest to the simple assault charge and not guilty to the malicious mischief charge stemming from an incident where he hit a woman in March.
An additional charge of disturbing the peace was dismissed by the Macon, Mississippi court.
Simmons was fined $175 (simple assault) and $300 (malicious mischief) for the two charges he was found guilty. In restitution, Simmons will pay $711 for medical bills and $175 for the alleged damage to the victim’s car.
Simmons, a five-star recruit, was arrested on March 29 after he was caught on video hitting Sophia Taylor, who was on the ground, during an altercation in Macon. In June, when it was announced Simmons had been accepted at Mississippi State, athletic director Scott Stricklin added that he would also be suspended for the season opener and be required to complete an evaluation by the university’s counseling staff.
Taylor was found guilty of disturbing the peace and fined $225 in the case, according to the Starkville Daily News’ Joel Coleman.
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