Teens sentenced in taped beating

Posted: February 28, 2013

Two more of six teenagers charged with beating a mentally disabled woman in Chester in September were sentenced to prison Tuesday.

Takia Nicole Edwards, 19, and Janyea Bell, 16, appeared before Delaware County Court Judge James Nilon and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and to endanger another, according to Emily Harris, spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

In exchange for her plea, Bell got a sentence of six to 23 months in prison, plus probation, anger management counseling, and an order to stay away from the victim. It was the same deal given a few weeks ago to codefendants Jasmir Womack, 17, and Rahmiyah Henderson, 16.

Edwards took the same plea bargain but her prison sentence was nine to 23 months.

The charges against Jamia Davis, 15, and Anye Dennis, 16, are pending.

The six were arrested in connection with the beating of Della Sheerer, 48, which started on the woman's front step and spilled into her living room after the teenagers told her that she owed friends of theirs money.

The assault was captured on video and posted on the Internet. Edwards had denied taking part in the attack, but a police officer testified at her preliminary hearing that she could be seen on the video striking the victim with a chair.


Contact Rita Giordano at 610-313-8232, rgiordano@phillynews.com or on Twitter @ritagiordano.

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