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Judge questions wisdom of $10 restitution to Dunkin' Donuts in Newfields bogus bill case

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

September 12. 2017 4:54PM
Jennifer Bonner arrives in court for a hearing Tuesday. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

BRENTWOOD — A Newfields woman accused of selling fentanyl to a man who later died of an overdose was in court Tuesday to plead guilty to using a counterfeit $10 bill to buy coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts, but the restitution she’ll be paying raised the judge’s eyebrows.

Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Andrew Schulman questioned whether it really made sense to require 37-year-old Jennifer Bonner to pay $10 in restitution to Dunkin’ Donuts since it would cost more than that for probation to handle the $10 repayment.

Schulman said he feels “it’s going to cost everybody more than $10 to process.”

“It seems that principle and reality have a bad meeting point because it’s only $10,” he said.

Bonner is currently behind bars after she was indicted in May in a separate case on one count of acts prohibited with death resulting, a felony charge that carries the possibility of life in prison.

Bonner is accused of selling fentanyl to 39-year-old Christopher Marmat, of Newmarket. Marmat died Jan. 10 after authorities said he used the drug.

Randy Bonner, 36, was also indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit acts prohibited and accomplice to acts prohibited.

According to the indictments, Randy Bonner allegedly agreed with Jennifer Bonner to make the drug sale.

She also faces one count of acts prohibited related to the sale of less than one gram of fentanyl after previously being convicted of a prior offense.

Bonner was also indicted on felony forgery charges related to using the counterfeit bills at the Newfields Dunkin’ Donuts last December, but the forgery case was reduced to misdemeanor theft as part of her plea agreement.

Under the plea deal, Bonner was given a 12-month jail sentence with all but 20 days suspended for two years of good behavior. She is also banned from the Newfields Dunkin’ Donuts and must pay the $10 restitution.

Despite Schulman’s concerns, Assistant County Attorney Melissa Fales argued that restitution was reasonable, even in this case.

“I think victims should be made as whole as possible and restitution is one way to do that,” she said.

Schulman said it would be “crazy” to have the Department of Corrections involved in processing the restitution so he ordered that Bonner make the payment directly to Dunkin’ Donuts.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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