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Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons found guilty of simple assault

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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.

At SEC Media Days earlier this month, Mullen said he “wasn’t involved as much” in the admission process for Simmons at Mississippi State, a decision that has drawn widespread criticism.

JEFFERY SIMMONS TIMELINE:

July 12: ‘Oh, no’: Nick Bell’s mom responds to Simmons wearing No. 36

July 12: Dan Mullen: ‘I wasn’t involved as much’ in Simmons decision

June 5: Simmons deserves harsher punishment

June 3: Mullen deserves scorn for Simmons decision

June 3: Alabama, Ole Miss likely thankful they didn’t sign Simmons

June 2: Decision on Simmons was the wrong one

June 2: Simmons admitted to Mississippi State ‘under conditions’

May 31: Mullen: Simmons’ status to be resolved this week

May 16: Will Simmons’ situation be impacted by Joe Mixon video?

May 5: Mullen doesn’t say much about Simmons

April 22: What is Mississippi State waiting for with Simmons?

April 8: Mississippi State faces complicated decision with Simmons

April 4: Mullen: No decision in ‘near future’ on Simmons

March 30: Mullen: Mississippi State reviewing Simmons situation

March 28: Simmons charged after allegedly beating woman in fight

March 27: Simmons fight video: Mississippi State signee reportedly apologizes

Feb. 3: Five-star DE Simmons selects Mississippi State

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