2017-05-18 / Front Page

Woman accused of robbery dies in hospital due to illness


LACONIA — One of the two women arrested last month for allegedly robbing a pizza delivery driver at knifepoint in Claremont recently died in a medical facility in the Lakes Region due to an illness, according to Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway.

Capt. Jamie Laramie of the Belknap County Department of Corrections said Wednesday that 34-year-old Jennifer Tozzi had been transported to Lakes Region General Hospital from the jail on May 9 due to health issues. Tozzi was serving a 90-day sentence starting May 1 in that county for a willful concealment charge out of Franklin County District Court, according to Laramie.

Tozzi’s sentence was amended to 10 days with 10 days pretrial credit, and on Thursday, May 11, she was transferred into the custody of Sullivan County. Because of her bail conditions, county officers kept watch over Tozzi in the hospital, all according to Laramie.

“As of [May 11], Belknap County was no longer watching her at the hospital,” Laramie said.

The nature of Tozzi’s illness was not disclosed by county officials, who were also unable to confirm Tozzi’s exact date and time of death.

Tozzi pleaded not guilty during an arraignment in Sullivan County Superior Court several days before her illness required hospitalization. On May 5, she was arraigned on charges of robbery and armed robbery for allegedly robbing a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver at knifepoint in Claremont in April after calling in an order for delivery.

The driver was taken to Valley Regional Hospital, where he was treated for wounds on his right hand and left arm. He received seven sutures in his right hand and was released from the hospital that morning.

Claremont police arrested Tozzi and 31-year-old fellow Claremont resident Debra Pitts the next day. Both women were ordered held on $100,000 cash only bail.

When asked by a Claremont police officer in a post-Miranda interview if the intention of the robbery was to get money to pay for drugs, Tozzi "replied that she thinks so," according to an arrest affidavit filed in Claremont District Court.

Hathaway said Tuesday that Tozzi’s charges in Sullivan County Superior Court have been nol prossed.

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