Couple sentenced to jail for beating of a Pittsburgh elementary school teacher

By Steve Pope | February 4, 2019

A man and a woman will spend the next 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail for the 2017 savage attack on an elementary school teacher because she took a cell phone from the woman’s daughter for having it out in class.

Dai’Shonta Williams and Vincent Beasley will serve the 11 1/2 to 23 months in the Allegheny County Jail to be followed by five years of probation. Both pleaded guilty last year to multiple charges of aggravated assault.

According to a criminal complaint, on Oct. 18, 2017, Daishonta Williams along with her boyfriend Vincent Beasley, 26, of Pittsburgh, who was also charged in the incident, followed the teacher, Janice Watkins as she left Pittsburgh King PreK-8 and threw a brick at Watkins while she was sitting in traffic.

Williams then pulled Watkins from her car, punched and kicked her and then fled the scene with Beasley. The incident was captured on video which was played in court Monday. The video shows Williams repeatedly striking Watkins in the head and face and then kick her once she was on the ground and walk away.

Watkins testified during the hearing that her life is not the same. She continues to suffer from blurry vision and migraines and added she only wants to stay in her house. She also testified that she loved being a teacher before the incident, but since the incident, she has not enjoy teaching as much as she once did.

Both Williams and Beasley have apologized, but Watkins said the apologies are not accepted because it took so long before the couple admitted their roles in the attack despite the assault being captured on video.

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