Williams was no stranger to trouble at real-money casinos. She was permanently banned from the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon and the Yaamava Casino in Highland for nabbing winning tickets right out of patrons’ hands, Senior Deputy District Attorney Garrett revealed in a filing. She also had a previous charge for robbery.
Townsell was banned from the Soboba Casino Resort in San Jacinto in 2017 for 90 days after two purses went missing. She was also barred entry from the Morongo Casino in 2018 due to a situation between her and her boyfriend.
Williams’ attorney read a statement on her behalf at the sentencing.
“I am so sorry for your loss,” said the statement. “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.”
Leonard was not present in court for his sister’s sentencing as he continues a playoff series against the Phoenix Suns. He did not play in Game Three or Game Four of the seven-game stand, which stands 3-1 in favor of the Suns, because of a sprained right knee.
Leonard grew up in Riverside, CA before playing his college ball at San Diego State University. He was then selected 15th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft and went on to become a five-time All-Star, two-time champion, and two-time Finals MVP.
Leonard’s father, Mark Leonard, was shot and killed in front of a car wash business he owned in 2008. The incident happened just before closing time, and Leonard’s father was ready to leave to watch his son, then a junior in high school, play in a game.