Woman pleads guilty to attacking daughter’s Pittsburgh teacher with brick

December 3, 2018

A North Side woman who assaulted her daughter’s Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher with a brick last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to four of the seven charges against her, court records show.

Daishonta Williams, 30, pleaded guilty in front of Common Pleas Judge Randal Todd to two charges of aggravated assault and one count of both making terroristic threats and conspiracy.

Charges of reckless endangerment, stalking and a third count of aggravated assault were withdrawn.

Williams was charged Oct. 18, 2017, after she followed her daughter’s teacher to the West End Bridge and hit her with a brick.

Williams had been called to Pittsburgh King PreK-8 two days earlier by teacher Janice Watkins after Williams’ daughter allegedly bit Watkins when the teacher tried to take a cellphone from her, according to the criminal complaint filed at the time.

The daughter, however, told her mother that Watkins tried to choke her. As Williams left the school, she referenced Watkins and said, “She is going to get it later,” according to the complaint.

Two days later, as Watkins sat in her car on the West End Bridge with her window down, Williams and her boyfriend, Vincent Beasley, approached and threw a brick through the open window, knocking out one of Watkins’ teeth, police said. They pulled Watkins from her car and began beating her.

Confronted later by police, Williams said, “I ain’t going to lie, I did it.”

Beasley, 26, told investigators he was with Williams during the assault but that he tried to break up the incident, according to the complaint.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated assault and conspiracy, court records show.

Sentencing for both is scheduled for Feb. 4.

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