Woman sentenced to prison for hitting WVSP trooper with her car
Sgt. Aaron Nichols spent almost a month at Charleston Area Medical Center and suffered from severe head trauma following the assault.
Jennifer Elaine Garretson was sentenced to 2 to 10 years in prison. She will be eligible for parole in seven months.
A woman who ran over an off-duty West Virginia State Police Trooper will be sentenced on Monday.
Jennifer Elaine Garretson could spend 2-10 years in prison for the 2012 New Year's Eve assault.
While at the St. Albans Mall, Sgt. Aaron Nichols saw Garretson shoplifting from Goody's.
Nichols, who was off-duty at the time, ran after Garretson as she fled to her vehicle in the parking lot. He said he identified himself as a trooper. When he tried walking behind the car, Garretson threw the vehicle in reverse, according to court documents.
Nichols said he grabbed onto the car, only to be thrown off seconds later. Garretson drove away that night, but she surrendered to authorities two days later in Institute, WV. She pleaded guilty to malicious wounding in November.
Nichols spent almost a month at Charleston Area Medical Center and suffered from severe head trauma. He lost his ability to taste and smell; he also wears a hearing aid after major hearing loss.
Nichols is currently serving light duty at the South Charleston detachment, but he hopes to don his uniform again in the nearby future. Nichols' parents, who live in Clay County, also helped him at home during his recovery.
The hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. in front of Kanawha County Circuit Judge James Stucky.
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