Serial Shoplifter Who Says She Has Reformed Gets Probation, Restitution

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - by Joseph Dycus
Denisha Simmons
Denisha Simmons

A serial shoplifter got her final chance at redemption after she pled guilty to seven theft convictions, which resulted in probation and a sizable amount of restitution. Denisha Simmons, 37, had been caught stealing items from a bevy of stores from across Hamilton County.

“I’ll give her a chance to be on probation,” said Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman, “but if she can’t stop stealing, then I have better things to do with my time. I was hoping we wouldn’t be back here again.”

Judge Steelman was not exaggerating about Ms. Simmons’ stealing, as court records show dozens of theft charges on her record. Her defense attorney, Donna Miller, told Judge Steelman about how her client had been working to change her life since her last few infractions.

Ms. Simmons now had a job, said attorney Miller. In addition to this, the defendant has been interacting with the district attorney’s office to get through her issues, and she has also been going to the Helen Ross-McNabb Center.

“I’m glad to hear that if it’s help you need to stay out of trouble, then It’s good that you’re getting it,” said Judge Steelman.

Aside from probation, Ms. Simmons will pay $210 to TJ Maxx, $543 to Target, $67 to CVS, $75 to Burlington, and $248 to Marshall’s in restitution. She is banned from stepping foot in any of these stores. 

“Either you’re going to stop thievery, or you’re going to serve time,” said the judge. “This is something that could cause you to lose your liberty for a long time.”


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