Teen sentenced 6 years for assaulting teacher

August 13, 2008 7:39:05 PM PDT
A San Mateo man who pleaded no contest to felony assault for punching a Woodside High School teacher in the face last year was sentenced in San Mateo County Superior Court today to six years in state prison, a chief deputy district attorney said.

Lamarr Edward Timmons, 19, allegedly knocked out two teeth of a teacher who was trying to break up a fight among a group of teenagers on Nov. 5, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The incident reportedly happened just after school let out. The teacher, Alan Eaton, was walking home from the school and came upon a group of teenagers arguing just off school grounds near the baseball field on Woodside Road, Wagstaffe said.

The teens were also yelling at passing cars, and Eaton told the group to settle down, according to Wagstaffe. Timmons then approached Eaton and stood in front of the teacher, who told Timmons to calm down.

Timmons then started punching Eaton in the face, hitting him multiple times in the head and knocking him to the ground.

Eaton lost two teeth in the attack and required extensive oral surgery to repair the injury, Wagstaffe said.

A two-month investigation involving numerous interviews with witnesses and cooperation from the Woodside High School community led to Timmons' arrest.

Timmons pleaded no contest on June 3 to felony assault with a special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury.

Eaton appeared in court today and spoke about how he has been affected by the attack, Wagstaffe said.

Timmons was then sentenced to six years in state prison.

He was ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution to the victim and is required to serve 85 percent of his six-year sentence because the crime was a violent offense. He will be transported to San Quentin State Prison this week, Wagstaffe said.


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