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Falls man jailed in beating of girlfriend that went viral on Internet

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls 19-year-old, who gave his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend a broken nose and a concussion in a beating recorded on a cellphone video, on Friday was sentenced to a year in the Niagara County Jail.

D’Shalen M. Walls of North Avenue, whose flailing, two-fisted attack on the girl was viewed nearly 250,000 times after being posted online, was denied youthful offender status by County Judge Sara Sheldon.

“Mr. Walls, I think you’re a scary dude,” the judge said. After Walls snorted, Sheldon continued, “I didn’t mean that as a compliment.”

More jail time could be coming Walls’ way. Defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said Walls is scheduled for sentencing next Friday in Niagara Falls City Court for second-degree harassment, petit larceny and sexual misconduct. That could bring him another two years behind bars, depending on how City Judge Diane L. Vitello sees the case.

Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols said the victim in the sexual misconduct case was not the same girl Walls beat up June 29 behind a Pine Avenue gas station. Walls was free on bail at the time after being charged with having sex with a 15-year-old.

Despite an order of protection, Walls and the beating victim seemed to have resumed a relationship. “He took her Christmas shopping,” said Sheldon, who imposed another order barring the couple from having any contact with each other.

Walls received a misdemeanor plea offer in the beating because the girl told prosecutors she didn’t want to testify at a trial.

Nichols said, “The victim was not just physically injured by this defendant, but she was emotionally traumatized by the viral media attention.”