Aug 25, 2015 5:58 PM
BRENTWOOD - The Portsmouth teenager convicted on two counts of 2nd degree assault after hitting two women with his car following a late-night drinking party will not serve jail time.
A Rockingham Superior Court judge sentenced Remi Gross-Santos to two 12 month deferred sentences, 300 hours of community service and has revoked his license for 3 years. A deferred sentence allows Gross-Santos to remain out of jail as long as he is on good behavior and proves during a review set for one year from now that he is on the right track.
Prosecutors had been seeking six months jail time, but the judge said it would not prove beneficial for Gross-Santos.
Gross-Santos struck Lisa Beaudry, then 60, and Karen Weinhold, then 69, on June 12, 2014.
Prosecutors say he hit the women when he swerved into the opposite lane on Ocean Boulevard in Hampton just after 7a.m. Gross-Santos said he had been drinking and only slept a few hours at a party the night before. He had driven back to attend the rehearsal for his Portsmouth High School graduation.
Both women have undergone several surgeries and say their lives will never be the same. Weinhold said she hopes Gross-Santos can use the experience to make sure other families don't suffer a similar tragedy.
As part of his 300 hours of community service, the judge specified Gross-Santos must speak to high school classes about the consequences of his decision to drive that day.
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