Kimesha Monae Williams gets life for casino bathroom murder

Kimesha Monae Williams (KABC screenshot)

The sister of NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard will spend the rest of her life behind bars for brutally beating an 84-year-old woman to death after following her into a California casino bathroom and robbing the victim.

Superior Court Judge Timothy F. Freer on Friday sentenced 39-year-old Kimesha Monae Williams to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2019 murder of Afaf Assad, the Press-Enterprise reported.

Williams and another woman, Candace Tai Townsel, 42, were convicted in February by a Riverside County jury on charges of murder, robbery, and elder abuse in Assad’s slaying.

Freer, however, reportedly suspended the defendants’ sentences on the latter two charges, reasoning that all the crimes were part of the singular act of murdering Assad.

Assad and her 94-year-old husband were reportedly entering the Pechanga Resort Casino at about 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2019, just as Williams and Townsel were leaving. However, Williams and Townsel turned around after they saw Assad’s purse and began following the woman, authorities said.

The duo trailed her into a women’s restroom inside the casino, prosecutors said. One of the women acted as a lookout while the other ambushed Assad as she was getting out of a stall, stealing the purse while leaving the octogenarian behind with a broken skull and bleeding brain.

A witness reportedly found her in a neighboring stall and heard the commotion.

Kimesha Monae Williams gets life for casino bathroom murder

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