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Teen who assaulted fellow student on school bus sentenced to prison

A Carbon County teenager who admitted assaulting another student on a school bus was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday in the county court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass sentenced Aliza Lammone Jackson, 18, of Lehighton, to serve 4 to 18 months in prison on a charge of simple assault.

Jackson previously pleaded to the charge. In exchange for the plea the district attorney’s office dropped a aggravated assault charge.

However, part to the agreement called for a sentence in the aggravated range of state sentencing guidelines.

The incident occurred on Sept. 26, 2019, on a Carbon Career and Technical Institute bus. Jackson admitted attacking another student on the bus, banging his head on a window on the bus and striking him a total of 22 times.

The incident occurred at Mahoning Street and Indian Lane in Lehighton.

On Tuesday, the victim told of the consequences of the attack, which was apparently unprovoked by the victim. He said he continues to get headaches and suffers memory loss.

He also said the attack interfered with projects he had planned as a Boy Scout. He told Serfass, “It really messed me up.” He added, “She used me as her yo-yo.”

His mother also told of the problems her son suffered due to the incident. He sustained a broken nose and concussion. She said the defendant never offered any remorse.

Defense counsel Eric Wiltrout, of the public defender’s office, asked for the court to sentence her to only a month in jail. He said she is employed and will lose her job if the prison term is a longer time. He also asked that the start date of any prison term be delayed about two weeks until his client graduates.

When asked by the court if she had anything to say, Jackson simply responded by saying, “no.”

Serfass said he was “difficult to comprehend how this occurred.” He said the attack was unprovoked in which the victim had no chance to defend himself.

Serfass added he had to take into consideration the gravity of the crime and its impact on the victim and the community.

He said he would permit Jackson to remain free to graduate.

In addition to the prison term Jackson was ordered to get both mental health and drug and alcohol evaluations, attend and successfully complete a anger management course, supply a DNA sample, have no contact with the victim, render a total of 75 hours of community service when paroled, make restitution to the victim’s family for out-of-pocket medical bills of $196.44, pay court costs of about $1,000 and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole.

She will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on June 9. She was granted work release privileges if she qualifies under the prison rules.