Kawhi Leonard’s Sister Sentenced To Life In Prison For Brutally Beating Elderly Woman To Death

Photo Credit: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

The sister of NBA star Kawhi Leonard was sentenced to life in prison for viciously beating an 84-year-old woman to death at a California casino and robbing the victim, Law & Crime reported. 

Kimesha Monae Williams, 39, was handed a life sentence without the possibility of parole, Friday, for the 2019 murder of Afaf Assad, according to Press-Enterprise. 

On Aug. 31, 2019, at about 7:30 a.m., Williams reportedly spotted Assad and her 94-year-old husband walking into the Pechanga Resort Casino. Williams and her accomplice Candace Tai Townsel, 42, tailed the victim and waited until she was alone. The pair followed Assad to the bathroom while Townsel remained outside as a lookout, reports reveal. The elderly woman was then


as she exited the stall. The woman reportedly stole her purse and brutally pounded her, leaving her bleeding on the bathroom floor.

Assad suffered a broken skull and bleeding to the brain. She sadly passed away in the hospital four days later. According to the Press-Enterprise, the women were allegedly banned from the casino in 2015 for stealing a patron’s wallet. 

The two were convicted in February by a Riverside County jury on charges of murder, robbery, and elder abuse. Before Superior Court Judge Timothy F. Freer handed down the life sentence Williams had her attorney read a statement apologizing to Assad’s family.

“I am so sorry for your loss,”

Williams wrote, according to the Press-Enterprise.

“I have been praying for you and your family every day. I am not responsible for the death of Mrs. Assad. Although the courts have found me guilty of the charges, we all know the truth, and that there is one judge, and that is God, and that he knows the truth.”

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